Deadline is reporting that Alexandra Shipp, Vanessa Hudgens and Robin de Jesus will be starring alongside Andrew Garfield in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial feature debut of the film adaptation of Tick, Tick…BOOM! at Netflix, based on the autobiographical Off-Broadway show written by the late Jonathan Larson.
The film is set to focus on 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.
Alexandra Shipp (whose credits include X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Shaft) will be playing the role of Susan, while it’s unclear as to who Hudgens and de Jesus will play.
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.