Greenlit: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ Is Adding to its Cast

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“Tick, Tick… Boom!”
Lin-Manuel Miranda started the new week off with a boom thanks to the news that the filmed “Hamilton” stage production will be coming to theaters in October 2021, but last week, he was also making news about another one of his many projects. Variety reported that Joshua Henry, Judith Light, and Bradley Whitford will join the cast of the multihyphenate’s directorial debut “Tick, Tick… Boom!” over at Netflix, an adaptation of the Jonathan Larson semi-autobiographical musical of the same name. The stars join the previously announced Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Tony nominee Robin de Jesus, and Vanessa Hudgens. “Dear Evan Hansen” book writer Steven Levenson is adapting the screenplay. Telsey + Company is casting. No release date has been announced.

First confirmed by Deadline, Owen Wilson will head to Disney+ for the upcoming Marvel series “Loki,” starring Tom Hiddleston. Wilson’s role is undisclosed, but the star will reportedly be playing a prominent character opposite Hiddleston’s trickster demi-god. As always, the studio is keeping the plot details under tight wraps… and also cast members: so far, Hiddleston, Wilson, and Sophia Di Martino are the only actors who have been confirmed for the series. Filming has already begun and the series is expected to premiere in Spring 2021. Kate Herron will direct from a script written by Michael Waldron. And as expected, veteran Marvel CD Sarah Finn will head the casting team.

Adam Sandler Netflix Deal
Adam Sandler is not one for empty threats. After the “Uncut Gems” star half-jokingly promised he would intentionally make the worst movie ever if he was nominated for his performance in the Safdie brothers flick, he’s increasing his odds of making anything over at Netflix, where last week, they announced they had extended its deal with Sandler’s Happy Madison to produce four more movies, the third four-film deal the actor has made with the streaming conglomerate. No details have been released about any of these four projects, except for an animated feature Sandler will write, produce, and star in. Next on the slate for Sandler at Netflix is his movie Hubie Halloween, which will be released later this year and stars Maya Rudolph, Kevin James, Julie Bown, Rob Schneider, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Steve Buscemi.

“Saved By The Bell”
NBC is heading back to school soon with its reboot of “Saved By The Bell” and has finally announced the complete series casting. Joining original series cast members Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar will be Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena, and Belmont Cameli. In the reboot, which will be streamed on the network’s new Peacock service, California Governor Zack Morris (Gosselaar) will get into hot water by closing too many low-income high schools and proposes they send the affected students to the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. The new “Saved By The Bell” will be executive produced and written by Tracey Wigfield (“30 Rock”) with Peter Engel and Franco Bario executive producing. Julie Ashton is casting.

Cecily Strong Musical Comedy 
“Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong is joining in on the recent wave of musical comedy series. Apple is reportedly nearing a series order for a new comedy that follows a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they are in a studio musical from the 1940s and where you can’t leave until you discover “true love.” Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (“Despicable Me”) created the series with Paul serving as showrunner and Daurio serving as a consulting producer. No further casting has been announced.

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