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Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologised for the lack of Afro-Latino actors in his new film In The Heights.
The Hamilton star's latest project is adapted from his 2005 stage show of the same name, which is set in Washington Heights, a mainly Latino neighbourhood in New York.
Miranda has been criticised on Twitter for not using Afro-Latino actors.
On Monday night he tweeted his apology, saying that his film "fell short" and should have been more diverse.
He said: "I started writing In the Heights because I didn't feel seen. And over the past 20 years all I wanted was for us – ALL of us – to feel seen.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologised for the lack of Afro-Latino actors in his new film In The Heights
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"I'm seeing the discussion around Afro-Latino representation in our film this weekend and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don't feel sufficiently represented within it, particularly among the leading roles."
Miranda said he could "hear the hurt and frustration over colourism" and admitted that the film "fell short".
He continued in the tweet: "I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy.
"In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I'm truly sorry.
Miranda has been criticised on Twitter for not using Afro-Latino actors
"I'm learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I'm listening."
Miranda also added he is "dedicated" to "learning and evolving".
His apology follows a backlash against the film's casting on social media.
One person tweeted: "I lived in Washington Heights for 5 years. You can't take a step in Washington Heights without seeing dark skinned Black-Latin people.
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"#InTheHeights erases them from the neighbourhood. This 'light skinned Latinx only' story is very disappointing."
Another posted: "In the Heights is getting DRAGGED all over the TL, as it should.
"The erasure of dark-skinned Afro-Latinx folks in a musical film set in Washington Heights, NYC, a BLACK Dominican neighbourhood, is colourist and racist."
A third replied: "I watched the film and I enjoyed it, but I do agree.
Miranda said the movie 'fell short'
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"Lin Manuel Miranda and the casting team should've done better with darker skinned representation."
Another wrote: "Disappointed that ItH was yet another supposedly 'diverse' or 'representative' production cast in a way that is colourist/anti Black."
Another agreed: "The In The Heights movie could have really done better on the Afro Latino and black representation of Washington Heights.
"The entire movie, I saw nothing but white Latinos and one with curly hair."