Between Rob Marshall's (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) Into The Woods, Pitch Perfect 2 and now The Last 5 Years, 2015 is shaping up to be the year Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) sings. And like Into The Woods, there's more than just fairy tale romance to be found in the latter.
The Last 5 Years, adapted from Jason Robert Brown's stage musical by Richard LaGravenese, is the story of the love affair between struggling actress Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick) and up and coming novelist Jamie Wellerstein (Jeremy Jordan).
This one takes an intriguing narrative track with its story and its songs – Jamie's view runs from their initial encounters through to the end of their marriage, while Cathy's is in reverse, spinning back the clock from unhappy endings to ebullient beginning, meeting briefly in the middle on their wedding day. It'll be interesting to see how the show's concept works on screen – one assumes you can explore more of the story and the characters. Plus Kendrick, in particular, always makes for an appealing main presence.
With Natalie Knepp (Going The Distance), Alan Simpson (This Is How The World Ends), Nic Novicki (Life Happens) and Allison Macri also in the cast, The Last 5 Years will be out in the US on 13 February, but has yet to receive a UK release beyond some time next year.