Ask yourself this: where will you be 20 years from now?
Will you be married? Children? High-powered career? Travelling the world? Surrounded by endless teeming mountains of puppies (pls)? Well, no matter what you’re doing, know this: you will finally be able to catch Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein’s new film. Not even joking.
Reports have begun flooding in that director Richard Linklater – famed for his ambitious, and incredibly beautiful 12-year film project Boyhood – will be adapting Stephen Sondheim’s decades-spanning musical Merrily We Roll Along.
Just like Boyhood – which was actually filmed (with the same actors) over the course of 12 years – Merrily We Roll Along will follow three close friends over 20 years of their lives as they are changed by fame and their ambitions. The Politician and Dear Evan Hansen‘s Ben Platt will play Franklin Shepard, a talented Broadway composer who abandons his established theatre career in New York as well as his close circle of friends in order to produce films in Los Angeles. Feldstein will play Frank’s best friend, theatre critic Mary Flynn.
Just like the musical, the film will begin at the height of Frank’s Hollywood fame and move backwards in time, featuring snapshots of the most important moments in his life. It will likely be shot in reverse chronological order, as the play and musical end when the characters are in their 20s and just starting on their exciting entertainment careers.
If it has the same emotional punch as Boyhood, sign us straight up.