Hugh Grant to Reteam with TWO WEEKS NOTICE Director for Romantic Comedy; Anna Kendrick to Lead Musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS

     October 22, 2012

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We’ve got a couple casting stories for you in one handy article.  First up, Hugh Grant is set to reunite with director Mark Lawrence for a fourth time for yet an another romantic comedy. The untitled picture, written by Lawrence, has Grant playing a broke, washed-up Oscar-winning screenwriter who is forced to teach at a small East Coast college.  While he expects to win the favor of his attractive co-ed pupils, he ends up falling for a single mom who has gone back to school.  The lead here sounds awfully similar to Grant’s character in Music and Lyrics (also written and directed by Lawrence), but since I find that movie surprisingly charming, I hope that this untitled picture will be better than Grant/Lawrence’s other efforts, Two Weeks Notice and Did You Hear about the Morgans?

Grant will next be seen playing six roles in Cloud Atlas, which opens on Friday and you should totally go see.  Hit the jump for some Anna Kendrick casting news.

According to Moviehole, Anna Kendrick will lead the musical The Last Five Years.  Directed by Richard LaGravenese (P.S., I Love You) Based off a stage production Jason Robert Brown, the story has an intriguing structure.  The female lead’s story goes in reverse starting from the end of the marriage, and the male lead’s story starts from the beginning of the relationship, and the only point where the two leads share the stage is a wedding song in the middle.  It sounds similar to the upcoming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby which is a duology divided into a “His” and “Her” plotlines.  However, I would like to refer to The Last Five Years as Blue Valentine: The Musical.

Kendrick recently shown off she can handle a musical lead role in Pitch Perfect (which I’ve heard is surprisingly great, and I need to see it before it leaves theaters).  She’ll next be seen in a minor role in Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep.

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