Tony Award nominees Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Anna Kendrick (High Society, Pitch Perfect) will star in writer-director Richard LaGravenese's upcoming film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed two-character musical, The Last Five Years. Jordan's casting was first announced by Deadline.com, and later confirmed by the actor on his official Twitter account. News of Kendrick's casting was released in October 2012.
Brown's entirely sung-through musical explores the five-year relationship between Jamie (Jordan), an aspiring novelist, and Cathy (Kendrick), an aspiring actress. The work, told from dual perspectives, finds Cathy moving backwards in time, from the end of their relationship to the start, and Jamie moving forwards, from the beginning of their relationship to the end. "I don't know if it's going to work, but it's something I want to try," director LaGravenese told Collider.com in an interview posted on February 16.
Jordan is currently appearing as hot-headed songwriter Jimmy on the NBC drama Smash. Along with Newsies, he has appeared on Broadway in Bonnie and Clyde, Rock of Ages, and West Side Story. Kendrick was thirteen years old when she received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in High Society. An Academy Award nominee for the film Up in the Air, her screen credits also include Camp, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and 50/50.
The Last Five Years premiered off-Broadway in 2002 at the Minetta Lane Theatre, with a cast that included Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott. Brown, who received Drama Desk Awards for the show's music and lyrics, is currently readying an off-Broadway revival of the piece for Second Stage Theatre, featuring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, which begins previews on March 7.