Deadline is exclusively reporting that Andrew Garfield is set to star in the Netflix adaptation of tick, tick…BOOM! which marks Lin-Manuel Miranda making his directorial feature debut.
The film is an adaptation of the autobiographical Off Broadway show written by Jonathan Larson, who shortly after went on to write the musical Rent. Andrew Garfield will essentially be playing Larson in a musical about the young playwright’s towering ambition.
Andrew Garfield has been cast in the role of Jon, an aspiring theatre composer who waits tables in New York while writing Superbia, which he hopes will be the great American musical that will finally give him his big career break. The young man is feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspiration. Meanwhile, Jon’s best friend and roommate Michael has given up on his creative dream and has taken a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is preparing to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety, wondering if his own impossible dream is worth the cost.
Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will serve as producers on the project alongside Julie Oh and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Steven Levenson is adapting the script and will also serve as executive producer alongside Julie Larson and Celia Costas.