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The Last 5 Years – First Still & Interview!

Anna Kendrick dives into ‘The Last Five Years’ with Jeremy Jordan — FIRST LOOKBehind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

Anna Kendrick did not expect to become Hollywood’s resident musical theater It Girl, even though she earned her first Tony Award nomination at 12 years old and made her film debut in the cult musical comedy Camp.

With Pitch Perfect under her belt and the upcoming big-box items Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2 on deck, Kendrick’s next belting role is significantly more indie. She’ll play Cathy Hyatt in writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years, an Off Broadway two-hander that tells the story of a couple’s five-year relationship through two interweaving storylines (one moves forward, the other backwards).

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, EW has an exciting official first look at Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Broadway’s Newsies) in the roles of struggling actress Cathy and rising novelist Jamie. The film is in the can and about to screen for buyers, who would be wise to snatch up the alluring Kendrick and Jordan and the giant fanbase that the cult musical has accrued since debuting in 2001.

We caught up with Kendrick to talk about her surprising arrival on Hollywood’s movie-musical scene, getting drunk with her co-star, and whether there’s another stage turn in her future.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can I assume you were a fan of the cast recording before you signed on to the movie?
ANNA KENDRICK:
No! Here’s the thing, right? Parade is my favorite musical of all time, and I think that Jason Robert Brown is an absolute genius, and so many people have told me to listen to this recording and to see the show, and for some reason it just never happened. And then it wasn’t until I got this script and saw that it was Jason Robert Brown that I even familiarized myself with the material. I wept my way through the script before I ever heard the music, and then the next morning I woke up and I re-read the script while I listened to the recording and I was just an absolute mess, because it’s so beautiful. I immediately realized I could never listen to this cast recording again, because I had to learn it from scratch so that I don’t just do an impression of the recording. But it was such a blessing to come into that experience with no preconceived idea of who Cathy was.

Did you see any parts of yourself in the character of Cathy?
I definitely see myself in Cathy and I see myself in Jamie. The thing that I loved about Cathy was this feeling that her partner was starting to take up more emotional space in the world and that meant that she had to shrink down, like that she represses herself to a degree that she ends up exploding. I thought it was so true to so many situations that I see my friends go through. It definitely echoes the things that I’ve experienced.

Did you get to have any conversation with composer Jason Robert Brown that helped shape how you approached the role?
Jason was always really reticent about giving direction. Georgia Stitt, his wife, was my vocal coach, and she taught me the entire score from top to bottom, the poor thing. And she obviously is very close to the material, so she could kind of lay the groundwork for ideas and things that people have done in the past. But mostly it was about [director] Richard [LaGravenese] and his vision. I had an opportunity to really shape who she was, and that was a real treat.

Tell me about your co-star Jeremy Jordan. How did you find your chemistry?
The first day that we had rehearsal together, we just were going through music, and that night we decided to go out for drinks and I basically got him super-duper drunk. He doesn’t drink that much, and I was like, oh well, if we’re going to get to know each other, we have to do it really fast, so we’re just going to do shots of whiskey and it’s going to be a great night. So we just got drunk and basically went through the life history, one point at a time.

The actual show is weirdly structured because you’ve got one timeline moving forward and another moving backwards. Is that the way the movie will work?
Yeah, the movie is exactly like the show where it moves forward and backward in time. Something about it on film feels a little less like we have to really be paying attention to the timeline. It all just kind of feels like vignettes, like scenes from a marriage, except musical versions. So it has the exact same structure, but it doesn’t feel like you are lost in time. We were really worried about making sure that people were following the timeline of it, and actually it all works.

The Last Five Years has such die-hard fans. They will be pleased that it’s becoming a movie, but how did you make sure that those comparisons to original stars Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott didn’t get to you?
Obviously that’s something that you have to think about, but I really didn’t think about it that much, because Sherie was on set a bunch! Sherie makes a cameo and she was incredibly supportive. She immediately was so unbelievably kind, so generous with her advice and her praise that I never thought about her as this looming figure of somebody’s shoes I had to fill.

With Pitch Perfect and all the musicals you’re tackling, how surprised are you that this is a path your career has taken? It’s full circle back to your theater roots.
I definitely did not expect to do more musicals. Particularly after Pitch Perfect, it’s not a choice that I would have consciously made. If anything, I wouldn’t just do any musical. It happened that they were making two of the most incredible musicals with some of the most incredible roles. To do Last Five Years and Into the Woods is such a dream that obviously I wasn’t about to be, like, “Well, I don’t really want to do another musical right now.”

You’ve done Sondheim, Cole Porter, Jason Robert Brown—anything else that would galvanize you to do another?
I can’t really think of anything, and I know I say that, but I’m such an MT at heart that it would probably be a tough thing to turn down if I were offered another musical. But I do feel like I need to remember how to deliver dialogue on screen.

You do have these Broadway beginnings. Any inclination to go back to the stage?
At this point, it’s so terrifying. I know that I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s not like it’s some big secret — I just could not sing The Last Five Years eight times a week. I have so much respect for Sherie, so much respect for Betsy Wolfe and anybody who’s ever done Cathy in a theater. It is a hard freaking role.

How have these last five years been for you?
It’s funny, because the last five years of my life have actually been hugely transitional, and it’s been mostly really good. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have this balance of my career going really well, but it doesn’t feel overwhelmed. I don’t feel like I’m drowning. I feel incredibly fulfilled and incredibly lucky. I guess it hasn’t been filled with as much turmoil as Cathy’s last five years, but it’s been really exciting.

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‘The Last 5 Years’ Set – July 16

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Wooing him with those legs: Anna Kendrick shows off her pins in tiny shorts as she serenades co-star Jeremy Jordan

She’s playing the lead in a new romantic musical, and it looks like Anna Kendrick certainly knows a thing or two about wooing her man.

The stunning actress was spotted on the set of her new film The Last Five Years, serenading co-star Jeremy Jordan outside an apartment block.

The duo have been hard at work over the past few weeks shooting on location around New York.

Serenading: Anna Kendrick shoots scenes for her new film The Last Five Years in New York

Their latest scene saw Anna have her turn in the spotlight as she posed on some steps to sing to her on-screen lover.

Dressed in white denim shorts, Anna’s long toned legs were on display as the scene was shot in the blazing New York sunshine.

Anna’s look was completed with a navy tee and wedge sandals, with her long locks left loose and curled.

Leading male: Jeremy Jordan’s character was seen sitting above Anna Kendrick in the apartment as she belted out a song below

Whilst Anna was singing her heart out, Jeremy could be seen sitting in the window of the apartment block above.

The gorgeous Smash star was also dressed down in a striped jumper. It was obviously a tense scene as Jeremy looked grim-faced as Anna belted out her song.

Musical: Anna plays Cathy in the new film, which is based on the off–Broadway musical of the same name

A photo of their characters wedding could be seen resting in a frame behind Jeremy in the new scene, with the pic showing the pair looking a lot happier and decidedly more dapper.

That wedding scene was shot last week in Central Park with 27-year-old Anna wearing a stunning gown for the al fresco shots..

Wearing a low-cut cream lace gown and matching veil, Anna was seen strolling though New York’s famous Central Park for her on-screen big day.

The big day: Anna and Jeremy shot a wedding scene for their new film last week in the middle of Central Park

Anna and Jeremy have been seen filming non-stop for their new movie recently.

Jeremy plays novelist Jamie Wellerstein in love with Anna’s struggling actress character Cathy. Based on the 2002 off-Broadway musical, the duo each illustrates the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

The beautiful bride: Anna wore a stunning lace gown and veil to shoot scenes for The Last Five Years last week

The story is told in reverse chronological order and features two simultaneous story lines. Cathy’s tale starts at the end of the five year relationship whilst Jamie’s story line begins at the moment the couple first meet.

Due to hit cinemas next year, the characters do not directly interact except for their wedding song in the middle of the film, when their different timescales overlap.

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The Last 5 Years – On Set July 08

Anna was spotted on set of The Last 5 Years set today, July 8th, in Central Park, New York City, filming a wedding scene! She looks absolutely gorgeous wedding co-star Jeremy Jordan!

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Here comes the bride! Anna Kendrick seals the deal as she kisses Jeremy Jordan in romantic wedding ceremony (but it’s all for the duo’s new movie)

In her real life she’s currently enjoying being a single girl.

However Anna Kendrick played the blushing bride as she filmed a wedding scene with her handsome co-star Jeremy Jordan for their new movie The Last 5 Years on Monday.

The 27-year-old actress made a stunning bride, wearing a low-cut cream lace gown and matching veil for her scenes.
I now pronounce you husband and wife: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan exchange a lingering kiss as they film a wedding scene for their new movie The Last 5 Years in New York on Monday

I now pronounce you husband and wife: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan exchange a lingering kiss as they film a wedding scene for their new movie The Last 5 Years in New York on Monday

Clutching a bouquet of colourful flowers, Anna was seen strolling though New York’s famous Central Park.

With her recently lightened locks in a curly style, her look was once of pure elegance.

The somewhat diminutive 5’2′ star got a slight boost in a pair of silver strappy heels and aside from her engagement ring she wore no other jewelery.

Can’t take my eyes off you: The two made a pretty convincing couple in the scenes

Blushing bride: The 27-year-old actress made a stunning bride, wearing a low-cut cream lace gown and matching veil for her scenes

After Anna made her way to her waiting groom, she was soon in his arms.

Dapper Jeremy, 28, also looked the part in a black tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie.

The handsome Broadway star also had some flowers pinned on his lapel to match his bride’s bouquet.

At the altar: The movie couple stand hand-in-hand at the altar

Colourful: Clutching a bouquet of colourful flowers, Anna was seen strolling though New York’s famous Central Park

Following the movie nuptials, the pair sealed the deal by sharing a lingering kiss.

Anna and Jeremy have been seen filming non-stop for their new movie over the past few days.

The Pitch Perfect sensation co-stars with Smash stud Jeremy who plays novelist Jamie Wellerstein in love with Anna’s struggling actress character Cathy.

Watch you don’t trip! Anna held up the train of her dress as she made her way around

Elegant: With her recently lightened locks in a curly style, her look was once of pure elegance

Based on the 2002 off-Broadway musical, the duo each illustrates the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

Meanwhile, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Anna is ‘in talks’ to play Cinderella in Disney’s Into the Woods, which will be helmed by Rob Marshall.

The musical – originally on Broadway in 1987 – takes a darker look at the Brothers Grimm fairytales.
Probably not the best time: Anna checks her cell phone as the pair stand at the altar

Probably not the best time: Anna checks her cell phone as the pair stand at the altar

Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep have already been cast and Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, and Jake Gyllenhaal are ‘still in talks.’

Anna will next be seen in the largely improvised Drinking Buddies, due out August 23, with Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston.

The single star split from her boyfriend of three years, London-based director Edgar Wright, earlier this year.

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‘The Last 5 Years’ Set – June 28

Productions > Movies > The Last 5 Years (2013) > On Set: June 28 – Manhattan #1

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Her booming career has lately taken a musical turn.

And Anna Kendrick continued filming the music-infused flick, The Last 5 Years, on the Manhattan set Monday.

The Oscar-nominated 27-year-old went Grease-retro in a floral headscarf and fake pearls while carrying two pieces of vintage luggage.

Retro cutie: Anna Kendrick brought her smile and her vintage baggage to the Manhattan set of The Last 5 Years on Monday

The Pitch Perfect starlet highlighted her petite, proportionate frame with a snug red T-shirt, peach capri jeans, and cute brown wedges.

Anna was joined on the brownstone staircase by her hunky co-star Jeremy Jordan, who was carrying a wooden crate.

The 28-year-old Smash stud plays novelist Jamie Wellerstein in love with Anna’s struggling actress character Cathy.

Summer loving: The Oscar-nominated 27-year-old – seen here with co-star Jeremy Jordan – went Grease-retro in a floral headscarf, fake pearls, and peach capri jeans

Big smiles: The Pitch Perfect starlet highlighted her petite, proportionate frame with a snug red T-shirt and cute brown wedges

Keep on singing: Kendrick is ‘in talks’ to play Cinderella in Disney’s Into the Woods, which will be helmed by Rob Marshal
Based on the 2002 off-Broadway musical, the duo each illustrates the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

Later, Kendrick joined four equally hunky muscular dancers to rehearse a dance sequence for the flick.

‘Trying to get inspired after a long day of dancing. We must ask: What would Beyonce do?’ Anna tweeted to her 1.3 million followers.

She then posted a fierce before/after posing picture with the caption: ‘Aaaaaaaaand… Queen B! #Beyoncebeyoncebeyonce’

‘What would Beyoncé do?’ Later, Kendrick joined four equally hunky muscular dancers to rehearse a dance sequence for the flick

Rehearsing the tunes: The bottle blonde also shared a behind-the-scenes snap working on Climbing Uphill with composer Jason Robert Brown

‘Cathy and Jamie 4ever’: The 28-year-old Smash stud plays novelist Jamie Wellerstein in love with Anna’s struggling actress character Cathy

The bottle blonde also shared a behind-the-scenes snap working on Climbing Uphill with composer Jason Robert Brown.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kendrick is ‘in talks’ to play Cinderella in Disney’s Into the Woods, which will be helmed by Rob Marshall.

The musical – originally on Broadway in 1987 – takes a darker look at the Brothers Grimm fairytales.
Coming August 23! Anna will next be seen in the largely improvised Drinking Buddies with Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston

Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep have already been cast and Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, and Jake Gyllenhaal are ‘still in talks.’

The single star split from her boyfriend of thee years, London-based director Edgar Wright, earlier this year.

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‘Last 5 Years’ Set – June 24

Productions > Movies > The Last 5 Years (2013) > On Set: June 24 – NYC

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Anna Kendrick: ‘Last 5 Years’ Set with Pianist Jason Robert Brown!

Anna Kendrick: 'Last 5 Years' Set with Pianist Jason Robert Brown! Anna Kendrick is cute and casual while taking a stroll on the set of her new film The Last 5 Years on Monday (June 24) in New York City.

“Why did I pick these shoes? Why did I pick this song? Why did I pick this career? WHY DOES THIS PIANIST HATE ME?” Mr Jason Robert Brown on #LastFiveYears,” the 27-year-old actress posted on Instagram with a pic. Check out the cute pic below!

Jason wrote the music for the musical, which the flick is based on, and will be making a cameo appearance as a pianist for a song called “Climbing Uphill,” which is featured in the film.

Last week, Anna was spotted wearing a cute little dress while posing for pics with fans.

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Last 5 Years Set – June 21

Here are some new photos of Anna on the set of The Last 5 Years in New York City on June 21st. She posed with some fans before heading up to film a rooftop scene. I think Anna’s wardrobe in this film is my favorite of her film styles yet – gorgeous :D!

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Anna Kendrick: Fan Friendly in NYC
Anna Kendrick: Fan Friendly in NYC

Anna Kendrick is all smiles as she arrives on set to film The Last 5 Years on Friday afternoon (June 21) in New York City.

The 27-year-old actress happily stopped to pose for pictures with her waiting fans before heading to shoot a rooftop scene

“Rooftop filming. Can’t complain. (Kudos to the people who actually live here. Thanks for letting the riffraff come and play),” the actress captioned a beautiful photo of her view from set on Instagram.

The next day, Anna posted a cute photo of herself enjoying a day in the sun alongside the New York City skyline.

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Gallery Update: The Last 5 Years – On Set

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Productions > Movies > The Last 5 Years (2013) > On Set: June 20 – Brooklyn #1

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