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A scene from the film adaptation of “In The Heights,” directed by John Chu, which took over a decade to develop. Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The long-awaited film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about life in Washington Heights, a Dominican neighborhood in New York, finally arrives at cinemas and on HBO Max Thursday, and to rave reviews.

What they’re saying: “The people who are in the margins of other people's stories so much of the time in mainstream Hollywood or mainstream Broadway, they get the spotlight," Miranda tells NBC Latino.

The big picture: As U.S. cinemas hope for a summer film rebound, many are eager to see whether a Latino movie will make bank and pave the way towards greater diversity and inclusion in the film industry (with some paciencia y fe).

  • Based on Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, the story includes Latino characters from different cultures, and it is about their dreams, aspirations and love towards their barrio, without stereotyping them.
  • The film is directed by John Chu, who also directed “Crazy Rich Asians.”

By the numbers: On average only 4.5% of speaking or named film roles had Latin actors and only 3% were leads or co-leads, according to a study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative of 1,200 films released across a decade in the U.S.

Yet Latinos have had the highest per capita rates of movie-going for years, per industry reports.

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Poll shows big majority of Latinos oppose Newsom recall

California Gov. Gavin Newsom meets with Latino leaders at Hecho en Mexico restaurant in East Los Angeles. Photo: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California voters' growing opposition to recalling Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is driven heavily by Latinos, according to new polling in the closing days of the election.

The big picture: A Public Policy Institute of California poll released last week found 66% of likely Latino voters saying they won't support the recall and just 27% saying they would — a shift from previous polls that suggested a tight race.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

Protesters at a rally at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.