Anna Kendrick has added another music-heavy film to her to-do list, signing on to star in The Last 5 Years, an adaptation of the off-Broadway play. Richard LaGravenese adapted the film from Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s musical and will direct. International sales and finance outfit The Exchange has acquired all international rights and will sell the pic at the American Film Market.
The Last 5 Years is a musical deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of Cathy (Kendrick), a struggling actress, and Jamie, a rising novelist, told through emotionally powerful and comic songs from their individual perspectives. It premiered off-Broadway in 2002 and has spawned countless productions worldwide. Producers include LaGravenese, Lucky Monkey Pictures, Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner.
Kendrick currently stars in the Universal comedy Pitch Perfect about a college a cappella team Pic has grossed $45.5 million domestically since its September 28 premiere.