J.J. Abrams & Lin Manuel-Miranda Sang "The Cantina Song" For May The Fourth — VIDEO
Holy mother of Ham4Hams, you will not believe what just went down in the ~greeeeeeeatest city in the world~ today: J.J. Abrams joined Lin Manuel-Miranda for a Star Wars Ham4Ham before today's performance of Hamilton. The pair of them performed "The Cantina Song" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in celebration of May the Fourth, and also in celebration of all the nerdy crossover gods have CLEARLY smiled upon our collective fandoms today. Personally, I am at the level of FOMO right now that might just require immediate hospitalization.
In case you aren't stalking Lin Manuel-Miranda on the Twitter and in all of his artistic ventures, he wrote and voiced "The Cantina Song" for the most recent movie. Over the sound of hundreds of screaming fans, they explained the story behind it: Lin Manuel-Miranda made an offhand joke to Abrams saying that if he needed a song for a cantina scene, he'd be down for it ... and it just so happened that that is exactly what Abrams needed. Thus, the bastard, orphan, son of a mid-chlorian (that's how it goes, right?) penned the iconic new number heard in the background when our heroes visit Maz Kanata on Takodana.
But that, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg on the #funfacts they shared from this song.
Lin Manuel-Miranda, Grade A Dork that he is, actually penned the song in Huttese, the language of Jabba the Hutt. He confessed that he literally visited a glossary of Hutt terms to string together words that translated roughly into, "No, lover, lover, it wasn't me." This is, as he describes it, a "SHAGGY SONG."
It's safe to say that none of us will ever watch the cantina scene the same way again. And as it turns out, fans aren't the only ones who just were profoundly changed by this performance — it also marked Abrams' (kind of) Broadway debut. D'awwwwwww.
About now you're probably #raging that you weren't at the lottery before Hamilton to witness this miracle for yourself, but never fear, friends. To sweeten the sting of missing out on this, the song is now available to download on iTunes or on StarWars.com for the very first time since the film's release. So go out and celebrate May the Fourth by blasting this through your office to the delight/horror of your unsuspecting coworkers, which I personally 100 percent plan on doing at some point today.