12:57 pm EST, December 1, 2015

‘Hamilton’s’ Lin Manuel Miranda wrote ‘The Force Awakens’s’ cantina music, #Force4Ham meme goes viral

Fascinating Star Wars tidbits continue to drop out of the mouths of J.J. Abrams and all associated with The Force Awakens. The latest revelation is a dream come true for those who are also fans of Broadway’s Hamilton.

Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams revealed Monday that their two genius minds teamed up to create the music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s cantina-type scenes.

Abrams made the announcement while speaking to Jimmy Fallon on the November 30 episode of The Tonight Show. As the Force Awakens director explains, Miranda approached him during the intermission of Hamilton earlier this year and simply offered to write music for the cantina. As luck would have it, composer John Williams (who evidently calls JJ “JJ Baby”) had already told the director that he didn’t want to write the cantina music for the film.

And so, a partnership was born.

Speaking later to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams revealed that the scene “takes place on the planet of Takodana, where the alien pirate Maz Kanata (played via motion-capture by Lupita Nyong’o) maintains a kind of tavern. Abrams calls it a ‘watering hole’ that she has operated for various scofflaws and smugglers for nearly a century,” according to the report.

As you can see in the above clip, The Tonight Show’s audience didn’t grasp the magnitude of the announcement, but the internet understood. The news set fans of both fandoms into a spiral, and a new hashtag was born: #Force4Ham. The top trend on Twitter in the United States on Tuesday morning, the meme mashes up Hamilton lyrics with moments from the Star Wars movies:

Lin was very satisfied by today’s trend:

The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18.

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