Could Andrew Garfield be readying his first big singing role? It’s being reported that he’s “top choice” to star in Tick, Tick… Boom!, Lin Manuel-Miranda‘s movie adaptation of the stage musical by Rent playwright Jonathan Larson.
We shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves, because Variety is reporting that “no deal is done,” but Tick, Tick… Boom!‘s lead role definitely feels like a fit for Garfield. He won a Tony Award last year for his performance in Angels in America, and has said that “theater is my home”—and Tick, Tick… Boom! is definitely a story about the ups and downs of theater life.
Drawn from Larson’s own experiences as a struggling playwright and composer, Tick, Tick… Boom! centers on a character called Jon who has written an ambitious rock musical, but worries that his decision to pursue a career in the performing arts has been a big mistake. Larson first performed it as an Off-Off Broadway solo piece in 1990, several years before his own rock musical Rent became a huge critical and commercial hit. After Larson’s unexpected death in 1996, Tick, Tick… Boom! was re-configured as a three-person stage musical which premiered in 2002.
Miranda, who has himself played the role of Jon on stage, is directing and producing the movie adaptation which has just been picked up by Netflix. Steven Levenson, Tony Award-winning writer of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen, is adapting the script from Larson’s stage musical.
Meanwhile, Garfield has recently signed up for another role with music at its core. He’s set to play acclaimed British concert pianist James Rhodes in a movie biopic being directed by The Theory of Everything‘s James Marsh.
Oh, and if you were wondering about Garfield’s singing voice, he has given us a few notes in the past…
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