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Anna Kendrick musical 'Last 5 Years' lands TIFF sale, February release

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Last Five Years
Thomas Concordia

Your next Valentine’s Day date may be a tearjerker.

In one of the first major acquisitions of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Weinstein Company’s boutique label RADiUS has picked up the North American rights to The Last 5 Years, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the cult favorite Off-Broadway musical by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown. The movie is slated for a Valentine’s Day 2015 release.

Directed by Richard LaGravenese, the film chronicles the relationship of struggling actress Cathy (Anna Kendrick) and budding novelist Jamie (Smash alum Jeremy Jordan) over the course of five years. As Cathy’s storyline moves backwards in time from the end of their marriage to the beginning, Jamie’s storyline moves chronologically as their marriage crumbles. The characters’ timelines cross only in the middle, when Jamie proposes.

The movie is comprised almost entirely of songs, which first came to popularity in Brown’s 2002 Off-Broadway hit starring Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott. EW debuted a first look at the film in February, along with a chat with Kendrick about her new status as Hollywood’s musical-theater It Girl.

The film will make its world premiere at TIFF on Sept. 7.