The Last Five Years (2014)
Anna Kendrick made her first foray into features with a musical (Camp) and lately it seems like the girl is ready and willing to remind us of just why that was. In the next few weeks she’ll get her Sondheim on as Cinderella in Into the Woods and then of course there is the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 (are we considering the Pitch Perfect films musicals? I’m going to vote no, just movies with singing). Now we are getting our first look at the trailer for another full-on musical film starring Ms. Kendrick with The Last Five Years.
Just in case you couldn’t figure out the story beats from that trailer, here is an official synopsis (courtesy of Icon Films):
THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Tony award winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. Its beautiful pop music score portrays an honest, heartbreaking, often funny, exploration of love and it’s consequences on individual identity.
The Last Five Years is written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, and stars Anna Kendrick, Meg Hudson, and Jeremy Jordan; it is scheduled for release on February 13, 2015 (just in time for Valentine’s Day).