Andrew Garfield is Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, in the new film adaptation of Larson’s autobiographical musical, tick, tick… BOOM!
Directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, tick, tick… BOOM! takes us back to 1990, where a 30-year-old Jon goes from waiting tables at a diner in New York City to composing the very musical that revolutionized theater.
“I have an original rock musical,” Jon says in the trailer. “And I have spent the last eight years of my life writing. And rewriting. And rewriting. And the time keeps ticking.”
“What does it take to wake up a generation?” Garfield sings from the song “90/30” in the new trailer released by Netflix. In case you didn’t know (which we didn’t), Garfield can sing! But because actions speak louder than words, watch the trailer and hear for yourself.
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“There’s not enough time,” Jon complains. “I went to three friends’ funerals last year and nobody is doing enough. I’m not doing enough.”
Joining Garfield in the film are several out LGBTQ actors like Love, Simons’ Alexandra Shipp, Pose star MJ Rodriguez, and Robin de Jesús. Joshua Henry, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light, and Vanessa Hudgens round out the cast.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature directorial debut with tick, tick…BOOM!, an adaptation of the autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who revolutionized theater as the creator of Rent. The film follows Jon (Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Andrew Garfield), a young theater composer who’s waiting tables at a New York City diner in 1990 while writing what he hopes will be the next great American musical. Days before he’s due to showcase his work in a make-or-break performance, Jon is feeling the pressure from everywhere: from his girlfriend Susan, who dreams of an artistic life beyond New York City; from his friend Michael, who has moved on from his dream to a life of financial security; amidst an artistic community being ravaged by the AIDS epidemic. With the clock ticking, Jon is at a crossroads and faces the question everyone must reckon with: What are we meant to do with the time we have?
tick, tick… BOOM! will be available in select theaters on November 12 and will drop on Netflix a week later on November 19.