With entire cities around the world continuing to protest the death of George Floyd, several celebrities have chosen to seize the moment and stand in solidarity with organizations like Black Lives Matter. One such celebrity is Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Miranda’s documentary, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, which was originally slated to be released this Friday, June 5th, has now been pulled, and will be reportedly be released on a later date. The decision was made by the Freestyle Love Supreme troupe as an act of solidarity with protesters.
“Today our country, our world struggles to reach and end to this systematic racial injustice, intolerance, police brutality, and hate. We add our voices to that fight. To that struggle,” the group said in a joint statement on Twitter.
At this time, it’s the only film that has been postponed as a result of the protests.
The highly-anticipated musical adaptation of Miranda’s first Broadway hit, In the Heights, was also slated to be released this year, but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Before Miranda became a household name and before Hamilton smashed Tony Award records, Freestyle Love Supreme was a hip-hop improv show created by Miranda and performed by him and several other then-unknown actors. Utkarsh Ambudkar and Christopher Jackson are only a couple of notable names who “graduated” from the show, and who continued to collaborate with Miranda on other projects before landing much bigger roles on the big screen.
The documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, which originally premiered at Sundance this past January, chronicles the show’s history, as well as the crew’s 2019 reunion and rebirth on Broadway. A new release date has yet to be announced.