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. The film will star Alexandra Shipp (Love, Simon, Shaft, Dark Phoenix), three-time Tony nominee Robin de Jesus (The Boys in the Band), Vanessa Hudgens (The Princess Switch, Bad Boys for Life and Polar) alongside Academy Award Nominee Andrew Garfield.
In the film, the protagonist, Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for his 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.
Netflix acquired the film from Imagine Entertainment earlier this year. Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda also starred in the New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center production of tick, tick…BOOM! This marks Miranda’s film directorial debut. Tony Award Winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen, Fosse/Verdon) willl adapt the screenplay based on the original stage show by the late Rent creator Jonathan Larson.