Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-K-Boom Records announced today Academy Award-and Tony Award nominated actress Anna Kendrick and Tony Award and Grammy Award nominated Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Joyful Noise) will star in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed musical The Last 5 Years to be written and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard LaGravenese. ...Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, Richard LaGravenese and Janet Brenner will produce. Steve Norman will Co Produce. Steven Meizler, who has worked extensively with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh, is the Director of Photography. The film begins shooting this week in New York City. CAA will handle domestic sales, with Brian O'Shea and Nat McCormick handling international sales for The Exchange.
The Last 5 Years is a musical love story for a new generation. Told through emotionally powerful and comic songs from their individual perspectives, The Last 5 Years is a deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, The story chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up...or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it.
Recognized for her work on screen and stage, Anna Kendrick was nominated for an Oscar in her breakout role in Up in the Air. Recently she starred in the hit movie musical Pitch Perfect from which her single "Cups" is certified platinum and is a Top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award (second youngest ever), a Drama Desk Award, and a Fany Award (best actress featured in a musical). Her spectacular performance landed her the Drama League and Theatre World Award. Kendrick is represented by CAA.
Jeremy Jordan is an established star on Broadway, where in the past three years he's starred as 'Tony' in West Side Story, originated the role of "Clyde" in "Bonnie & Clyde" and was nominated for a Tony, Grammy and Drama Desk award for his work as 'Jack Kelly' in the hit, "Newsies." He starred this past season in the Steven Spielberg-produced NBC/DreamWorks series, Smash. Film credits include the male lead in last year's Joyful Noise for Warner Bros. Jordan is represented by ICM Partners and Schachter Entertainment.
Acclaimed writer / director Richard LaGravenese most recently wrote the HBO smash Behind the Candelabra and was nominated for an Oscar for The Fisher King. Other writing and directing credits include P.S. I Love You, Beautiful Creatures, The Bridges of Madison County, and Water for Elephants.