Andrew Garfield Joins Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Directorial Debut Tick, Tick…BOOM!

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Fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda met the news of his directorial debut with delight.

His project is definitely an interesting one. He will be tackling the late Jonathan Larson’s lesser-known show Tick, Tick…BOOM! for Netflix. Larson, of course, is best known for the rock opera Rent, which debut in 1996. Larson died from an aortic dissection. Tick, Tick…BOOM! was released posthumously in 2001.

According to Deadline, Andrew Garfield has been cast in the “autobiographical” show of Larson’s life. Garfield will play the lead character Jon, who is based on the late Larson. Jon is one of three cast members in productions and the only one who doesn’t play multiple parts. The other two main roles are Jon’s best friend Michael and his girlfriend Susan (both of those parts also play other roles).

Set in 1990, Tick, Tick…Boom! tells the story of aspiring theatre composer Jon who is working on a musical Superbia while waiting tables to make ends meet. He feels pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who wants him to get a different job, and best friend Michael, who is about to move out. As his 30th birthday approaches, Jon wonders if following his dreams is worth the cost.

While he’s best-known for his brief stint as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the brief Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Garfield has a serious theatre pedigree with highly praised roles in Death of the Salesman and Angels in America. He recently acted as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and has a role opposite of Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Tick, Tick…BOOM! currently has no release date.

Bec Heim
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