Members of both Hamilton and Star Wars fandoms spent this morning erupting over the news that composer Lin-Manuel Miranda had joined forces with J.J. Abrams to write cantina music for The Force Awakens.
Pairing Miranda, a MacArthur fellow and Pulitzer nominee, with an intergalactic space rebellion might not seem like a natural fit, but as the inevitable resulting hashtag #Force4Ham is currently proving, Star Wars and Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about the founding fathers, actually work perfectly together:
And when you think about it, it’s easy to see why. Both stories are narratives of plucky outsiders with hidden talents and lowly beginnings joining a haphazard, struggling group of rebels fighting for independence. Sure, one of these fights happened in America in 1776 and the other one happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away—but beneath the surface, Star Wars and Hamilton are practically soulmates.
There’s the fighting:
The love stories:
And, of course, there are all the character parallels—and all the drama that goes with them:
There are moments when the meme gets meta—and even better:
But as brilliant as all this is, #Force4Ham is even better when it goes in the other direction:
Though the “X4Ham” meme might be new to Star Wars fans, the Hamilton fandom has made a habit of applying Hamilton lyrics to the rest of the world since last month’s popular trend #ParksandHam, quickly followed by #Cap4Ham, because why not pair Hamilton with the Avengers?
But #Force4Ham is already bigger than either of them—proving just how much energy there is in each fandom at what might be their peak moments. After all: