Anna Kendrick Sings Again in Adaptation of 'Last Five Years' Musical
After making her mark in 2007's indie Rocket Science, Anna Kendrick has often played the same sort of fast-talking Type-A personality on screen. She earned an Oscar nomination doing a similar routine in Up in the Air, but she also proved she has impressive musical skills in this month's buzzed-about comedy Pitch Perfect. Now Moviehole reports that one of Kendrick's upcoming projects will allow her to put her pipes on display again, as she'll star in a film adaptation of the stage musical The Last Five Years, a love story told backward and forward at the same time through the perspectives of the two people involved. More below.
Filmmaker Richard LaGravenese (finishing up Beautiful Creatures, of Living Out Loud, P.S. I Love You and Freedom Writers previously) is writing and directing the film, which is based on Jason Robert Brown's play about the struggles of a relationship. It sounds like a pretty standard story, except it's told in reverse chronological order from the woman's perspective (beginning with the end of their marriage and moving backwards) while the man starts the story from the beginning (just after the couple first meets).
In the play, written by Jason Robert Brown that premiered in 2001, the characters don't ever interact except during a wedding song in the middle where their timelines meet, but I don't expect that'll be the case in the film version. I'm thinking this will be more like a combination of Sliding Doors and (500) Days of Summer, and since we know Kendrick can handle both the drama and the songs without any trouble, we'll have to see if the production casts an equally talented male lead. The Last Five Years is being sold at the American Film Market this month, so hopefully we'll hear even more details about it soon.