There are certain events in an actor's career that cements their place in Hollywood history. Talk show appearances, perhaps an award nomination, and being invited to host of Saturday Night Live all point to a career that is officially on the rise. And that's exactly what has happened this year to writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. After writing and starring in the extremely successful Broadway musical In the Heights in 2008, Miranda began working on what would eventually become one of the biggest hits in Broadway history: Hamilton.
Hamilton's success is basically unprecedented, and has made Lin-Manuel Miranda a household name. With a bevy of exciting projects ahead of him, he has just booked another. Miranda will be hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time on October 8th. This is only the second episode of the season, and Miranda will be following Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie as host.
This is a pretty big deal for the theater community as a whole. Broadway performers and writers are rarely given the opportunities that film and TV professionals get. Instead, they become noted in the Broadway community as well as those who follow what is happening on the Great White Way. So for a theater artist to become successful enough in the industry that Saturday Night Live allows them to host after a star like Margot Robbie, it says something.
Joining Lin-Manuel Miranda for the October 8th episode of SNL is the band Twenty One Pilots. Mainstream audiences became familiar with the band after appearing on the Suicide Squad soundtrack, with the hit song "Heathens". This track became one of the songs most closely associated with the blockbuster, and has since been playing on popular radio stations. You can check out the music video for "Heathens" below.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton has achieved a ton of success. It is currently the hottest ticket on Broadway, with ticket prices surging to seemingly impossible sums. After a successful run at the Public Theater, it made a Broadway transfer last year and quickly became a phenomenon. Hamilton won an outstanding 11 Tony Awards this year, out of 16 total nominations. Many of the actors who originated the lead roles have already gone on to exciting new projects, including Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., and Phillipa Soo. You can check out highlights from the hit Broadway musical below (via the Tony Awards), which fuses the story of America's founding with hip hop and rap music and a refreshingly diverse cast.
Saturday Night Live is just the latest exciting opportunity for Lin-Manuel Miranda. He recently connected with director J.J. Abrams and helped write and sing the new cantina song for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Additionally, Miranda will be starring opposite Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. He also recently appeared in Inside Amy Schumer and Hulu's Difficult People.
Saturday Night Live will return to NBC on October 1st, with the following week hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda.