Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years is one of my favorite musicals. Its original Off-Broadway run starred Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott, two of theater's biggest stars. I discovered L5Y when I was in college, and I have been obsessed with it every since.
I accept your proposal Norbert. Sherie...get outta here...you're ruining our moment!!!
A few weeks back, it was announced that Anna Kendrick (Oscar-nominated from Up in the Air and cup-flipping from Pitch Perfect) has been cast in the role of Cathy in a film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's musical. I LOOOOOOOOVE Anna Kendrick. I discovered her when she played Fritzi in Camp, so for all those people who know her from Pitch Perfect need to watch her psychotic turn as a shy, conniving bitch in the summer-camp musical extravaganza.
That's just not fair.
The guy can sing, I know, but he has to be the hunkiest Jamie on record. I've never seen a Jamie with that sexy of a chin cleft.
So, even if I look past Kendick's lack of living and Jordan's super studliness, there is one thing I can't get out of my head. The Last Five Years will be adapted and directed by none other than Richard LaGravenese. My opinion on LaGravenese's last film, Beautiful Creatures, is far from positive, and his entire filmography makes me nervous.
One this is for sure. They make a damn fine couple.
LaGravenese has two major credits to his name. P. S. I Love You is one of the shittiest romantic dramas ever made (if Gerard Butler was trying to communicate to me from the dead, I'd kill myself) and Freedom Writers is tepid at best. Not only did he direct these two pieces of garbage (both coincidentally starred Hilary Swank), he adapted both from books. God only knows what he will do to a small musical. Can someone make sure that Jason Robert Brown has creative control? Anyone?
Since the show only features two actors, I am curious if they are going to flesh it out, or if they are going to just let it be. I am incredibly skeptical, and it will be an uphill climb for me to convinced.