Anna is set to officially star as Cathy Hyatt in the upcoming musical “The Last Five Years”, and it was just announced that Jeremy Jordan of “Smash” will play her doomed-love int
Smash Star Jeremy Jordan Tapped to Star Opposite Anna Kendrick in The Last Five Years Film
The film version of ‘The Last Five Years’ has found its Jamie!
Is Jeremy Jordan’s career “moving too fast”? Not for us! Broadway.com has learned that the Newsies and Smash star is the frontrunner to play Jamie opposite Anna Kendrick’s Cathy in the upcoming film version of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years.
The indie movie, directed by Richard LaGravanese, is an adaptation of the 2002 two-character musical that centers around the tumultuous relationship between Jamie, a writer, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, over the course of five years. The musical debuted in 2002 with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott as stars. Despite a short run, The Last Five Years gained in popularity thanks to an acclaimed original cast recording and has become a staple in regional theaters and colleges. Brown is directing a new off-Broadway staging that will begin performances on March 7, starring Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor.
Jordan was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Jack Kelly in Newsies, a role that also earned him two 2012 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. He was also seen on Broadway in Rock of Ages, West Side Story and as legendary outlaw Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. He made his feature film debut as Dolly Parton’s grandson in Joyful Noise and can currently be seen playing songwriter Jimmy Collins in the NBC musical drama Smash.
The Last Five Years is expected to start filming later this year.
Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan: ‘Last 5 Years’ Movie Lovers!
Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan will officially be starring opposite each other in the film adaptation of the beloved musical, The Last 5 Years!
The 28-year-old Tony-nominated actor, who is currently starring on Smash, will play “Jamie, a rising novelist whose relationship with struggling actress Cathy (Kendrick) is explored through an unusual narrative device: His story unfolds in chronological order as the pair first meet, while hers unfolds in reverse starting at the end of their marriage,” according to Deadline.
“Its official!! I will be playing Jamie in The Last five Years film!! @AnnaKendrick47 Literally a dream come true :)” Jeremy tweeted to confirm the news.
In case you want to see a live production of the musical, head on over to the Second Stage Theatre in New York City, where the first Off-Broadway production in many years will begin on March 7.
Anna Kendrick to Star in Film Adaptation of Off-Broadway Musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS
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In a recent interview with Collider.com, ‘Beautiful Creatures’ director Richard LaGravenese revealed that he is currently working on an indie film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. The show appeared off-Broadway in 2002 and will be revived at New York’s Second Stage Theatre this April.
The love story is all-sung and features just two characters. “[It's] about a young man and young woman in their 20’s who meet, fall in love, get married and break up, all in the span of five years,” explains the director. “All of her songs start at the end of their relationship and go to the beginning, and all of his songs start at the beginning and go to the end…It goes back and forth like that.”
Written by Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.