Boyhood director Richard Linklater is reportedly embarking on one other bold undertaking: a film spanning 20 years starring Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt. In keeping with Collider, will probably be a remake of Stephen Sondheim’s 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Alongside, which is predicated on a 1934 play of the identical identify. The musical is a darkish comedy that follows the profitable profession of Franklin Shepard, a Broadway composer who turns into a Hollywood producer, however as an alternative of being in chronological order, it follows the story backward from 1976 to 1957. Throughout these years, the viewers sees how Shepard grapples together with his rise to fame and fortune and the way he alienated significant relationships with family and friends.
Platt will reportedly play the primary character, and Feldstein will play his finest pal, a theater critic named Mary Flynn. Whereas neither actor has commented on the brand new film but, 26-year-old Feldstein most not too long ago starred in Olivia Wilde’s hilarious and trendy tackle a high-school coming-of-age film, Booksmart. Feldstein additionally starred in Woman Hen, and Merrily We Roll Alongside is definitely the musical the scholars audition for; Feldstein’s character Julie will get the lead. In the meantime, 25-year-old Broadway star Platt rose to fame after his efficiency in Pricey Evan Hansen. He additionally stars in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Netflix collection, The Politician. Platt and Feldstein are shut associates in actual life and not too long ago carried out collectively on the Hollywood International Press Affiliation’s Grants Banquet.
Linklater’s Boyhood — which stars Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Patricia Arquette — was filmed over the course of 12 years and went on to obtain six Academy Award nominations in 2015, together with finest image. Arquette gained the Oscar for finest supporting actress. Whereas few particulars about Linklater’s present plans are identified, we all know Merrily We Roll Alongside‘s adaptation is in good palms.