Anna Kendrick And Jacques Audiard Plan New Musicals

Before we get started, here’s a video of Anna Kendrick being impressively musical in a somewhat novel fashion. This should set the scene and put a smile on your face.

If you’re grossly  impatient, skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds in.

This was something Kendrick learned from an even more impressive original, then put on display in Pitch Perfect.

So, now we’ve discovered that Kendrick can sing, it seems like she’s going to follow through with a fully fledged musical. Moviehole have the drop on an AFM announcement:

The versatile young thesp has snagged the lead role in another lyrical-friendly feature, The Last Five Years – this one, however, is an out-and-out musical.

The Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed Last Five Years, one of the many intriguing projects being stumped at next week’s AFM, is based on Robert Jason Brown’s acclaimed Chicago-born play of the same name, that fixes on the ups and downs of a relationship.

That was kind of lumpy, but here’s the short of it: Richard LaGravenese is adapting Jason Robert Brown’s stage musicalThe Last Five Years and Anna Kendrick is attached to star.

The stage version has a bit of an odd structure, with he-said and she-said accounts of a relationship intercut throughout. She starts at the end and goes backwards to their wedding, he picks up at the beginning and comes forward to that point, then they overlap and carry on, each now giving a different perspective on what the other had told you before.

Tricksy. Add to this the songs and, to be blunt, it’s not the most commercial sounding project. Sounds promising, though, and I’m interested in anything Kendrick or LaGravenese get involved with.

Meanwhile, the beat goes on across the Atlantic also. Jacques Audiard is planning an original musical, all for his love of the genre. Perhaps best known for the prison drama A Prophet, Audiard has Rust and Bone coming along in the next few weeks – several Bleeding Cool contributors have seen it, we all liked it, we’ll tell you more soon.

The musical project is in very early stages, however. Audiard was speaking to Jason Solomons of The Observer:

Oh yes, it will have big dance numbers, choreography, the whole thing. I have always loved the MGM films and also Jacques Demy – my problem is I don’t write lyrics or music, so I have to rely on others…  I really don’t know yet what it will be – it might be about drugs or terrorism. Seriously.

What he does know, however, is that he’d like James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem to write the lyrics. And not the music? Audiard said:

He’s a modern poet… The only problem is, I haven’t asked him yet.

Well, that would be the next step, then.

Expect to see The Last Five Years bubble up in the news again once the AFM gets underway, perhaps with casting for the other roles. It may be some time before we hear any more on Audiard’s musical, but it could very well be worth the long, long wait.

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