Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his directorial debut, and Andrew Garfield portrays Rent creator Jonathan Larson, in tick, tick…BOOM! It’s an uplifting tale about never giving up on your creative dreams.
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?
The film also stars major figures from the stage and screen, including Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, Mj Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, Tariq Trotter, Judith Light, and Vanessa Hudgens.
Larson died in 1996 at age 36 of an aortic dissection likely related to Marfan syndrome. He was posthumously awarded a slew of prizes for Rent, including the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and Obie Awards.
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The film comes out November 19.
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