You gotta get stars of the right age for a project like this.
Beanie Feldstein, Blake Jenner and Ben Platt will star in an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along.
Richard Linklater is directing the project and will shoot it backwards over a 20-year span. It follows the fictitious Franklin Shepard, a Broadway composer that abandons his friends and career to become a producer of Hollywood movies and begins at the height of his fame and goes backwards in time, showing important moments in Frank’s life.
Linklater shot Boyhood over 12 years and Patricia Arquette won a Best Actress Oscar for it in 2014. Principal photography has been completed for the first segment of the 20 year project.
Jenner will portray Shepard, while Feldstein will play Shepard’s friend, theater critic Mary Flynn.
Ben Platt is best known for his role in the Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, but will soon be seen in Ryan Murphy‘s Netflix show The Politician, starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.
Linklater said Thursday in a statement,
“I first saw and fell in love with Merrily in the ‘80s, and I can’t think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than in the world of a Sondheim musical. I don’t enter this multiyear experience lightly, but it seems the best, perhaps the only way, to do this story justice on film.”
Linklater’s Where’d You Go Bernadette? is currently in theaters.
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