Netflix confirmed that Alexandra Shipp, three-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus, and Vanessa Hudgens are joining Academy Award Nominee Andrew Garfield in the film adaption of “tick, tick…BOOM!” The movie is being directed by Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also starred in the New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center production of “tick, tick…BOOM!” The movie serves as Miranda’s film directorial debut, and Tony Award Winner Steven Levenson is adapting the screenplay, which is based on the original stage show by the late Rent creator Jonathan Larson.
Netflix described the movie adding, “Set in 1990, tick, tick…BOOM! tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia – which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspirations. Meanwhile, his best friend and roommate Michael, has given up on his creative aspirations for a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety – wondering if his dream is worth the cost.”
Larson is the playwright behind Rent, the multiple award-winning musical, including the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996. Rent was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996, an honor Miranda’s Hamilton also received in 2016. Only nine musicals have won the Pulitzer for Drama. Larson tragically died the night before the show’s first preview performance Off-Broadway. Rent ultimately spent twelve years on Broadway, making it the 11th longest-running show in Broadway history.
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Julie Oh, and Lin-Manuel Miranda serve as producers, with Julie Larson, Steven Levenson, and Celia Costas serving as executive producers. The film is being developed with the support of Julie Larson, sister to late Rent creator Jonathan.
Netflix acquired the film from Imagine Entertainment earlier this year.
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