Is Jeremy Jordan’s career “moving too fast”? Not for us! Broadway.com has learned that the Newsies and Smash star is the frontrunner to play Jamie opposite Anna Kendrick’s Cathy in the upcoming film version of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years.
The indie movie, directed by Richard LaGravanese, is an adaptation of the 2002 two-character musical that centers around the tumultuous relationship between Jamie, a writer, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, over the course of five years. The musical debuted in 2002 with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott as stars. Despite a short run, The Last Five Years gained in popularity thanks to an acclaimed original cast recording and has become a staple in regional theaters and colleges. Brown is directing a new off-Broadway staging that will begin performances on March 7, starring Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor.
Jordan was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Jack Kelly in Newsies, a role that also earned him two 2012 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. He was also seen on Broadway in Rock of Ages, West Side Story and as legendary outlaw Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. He made his feature film debut as Dolly Parton’s grandson in Joyful Noise and can currently be seen playing songwriter Jimmy Collins in the NBC musical drama Smash.
The Last Five Years is expected to start filming later this year.