The "Hamilton" creator and former star announced the big casting news via Twitter on Thursday, June 06, revealing Anthony will play a paternal role in the movie.
"Okay I actually can't hold it in anymore," he shared. "Sonny's father will be played by @MarcAnthony. It's a brief but pivotal role... And I still can't believe it."
Gregory Diaz IV will star as Sonny, while the rest of the cast includes theatre veteran Daphne Rubin-Vega, "Orange Is the New Black" star Dascha Polanco, "Vida" actress Melissa Barrera and Stephanie Beatriz.
Directed by "Crazy Rich Asians" filmmaker Jon M. Chu, the screen version of the beloved Tony Award-winning production is set to hit theatres next summer (June 2020).
"In the Heights", which was written by Miranda and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, debuted on Broadway in 2005. Miranda serves as one of the film's producers.