Watch J.J. Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing their Star Wars cantina song

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Dec 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST (Updated)

Today is Star Wars Day, which means the Internet is flooded with tributes to a galaxy far, far away, including tributes that merge various fandoms. In the weeks leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was revealed that Lin-Manuel Miranda -- creator and star of the Pulitzer-winning historical musical Hamilton -- actually collaborated with writer/director J.J. Abrams on the "cantina" music that would fill in the background of Maz Kanata's castle. Fans of both stories got excited, and the music that served as background for Maz's scenes with Rey, Finn and Han turned out to be a lot of fun.

If you're a Hamilton fan, you may know that every Wednesday the cast and crew presents a brief live show on the steps of the Richard Rodgers as part of the production's "Ham4Ham" lottery, which gives away front-row seats to a lucky few participants. As the show's popularity has grown, so too has Ham4Ham, and everyone from SNL star Taran Killam to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has participated. Because it just so happened that this week's live Ham4Ham fell on Star Wars Day, Miranda pulled out all the stops and called in Abrams himself for a Star Wars covers.

Watch below as the two (along with members of the Hamilton orchestra) perform "Jabba Flow," the song that's playing as Han, Rey and Finn enter Maz's castle. As Miranda explains, the lyrics are actually written in Huttese, and they actually have a meaning.


Oh, and as an added Star Wars Day treat, Lucasfilm has now made the full song available for streaming on the official Star Wars website.

(Via YouTube)