February 1, 2023

Director Richard Linklater’s ambitious musical adaptation of Merrily We Roll has found a new star in Paul Mescal.

The 26-year-old Aftersun star will replace Blake Jenner, who pulled out of the film in 2019 after allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wife Melissa Benoist surfaced. Above the line.

The project was first announced in August 2019, when the director filmed the project over a whopping 20-year period, much like his film Boyhood, which took 12 years to film.

New Star: Director Richard Linklater’s ambitious musical adaptation of Merry We Roll Along has found a new star in Paul Mescal.

Blake replacement: The 26-year-old Aftersun star will replace Blake Jenner, who pulled out of the film in 2019 after his ex-wife Melissa Benoist accused him of domestic violence through Above The Line.

Blake replacement: The 26-year-old Aftersun star will replace Blake Jenner, who pulled out of the film in 2019 after his ex-wife Melissa Benoist accused him of domestic violence through Above The Line.

The project is an adaptation of the 1981 musical of the same name by Stephen Sondheim and George Firth.

The story follows Franklin Shepard (Mescal), a successful Broadway composer who abandons his career and friends to become a Hollywood film producer.

The story is told in reverse chronological order, beginning with his longtime girlfriend and theater critic Mary (Bini Feldstein) chastising him for betraying him, and ending 20 years earlier with Franklin, Mary, and Franklin’s lyricist Charlie (Ben Platt) as “fresh”. hopeful faces.

Character: The story follows Franklin Shepard (Mescal), a successful Broadway composer who abandons his career and friends to become a Hollywood film producer.

Character: The story follows Franklin Shepard (Mescal), a successful Broadway composer who abandons his career and friends to become a Hollywood film producer.

Mescal has already filmed part of the massive project that Linklater will film every year for the next two decades, just as he did on Boyhood.

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“I first saw Merry and fell in love with it in the 80s, and I can’t think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than in the world of the Sondheim musical,” Linklater said when the project was announced. in 2019.

“I don’t take this years of experience lightly, but it seems like the best, and perhaps the only, way to bring this story to the cinema,” he added.

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Director: “I first saw Merry and fell in love with it in the 80s and I can’t think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than the world of the Sondheim musical,” Linklater said when the project was announced in 2019

Linklater filmed Boyhood for 12 years, following star Ellar Coltrane from age 6 to 18, filming segments each year with him, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawken, who played the boy’s parents.

Platt revealed in April that they had already filmed the first episode, and the next time they would come together on Vacation 2023 to film again.

It’s unclear if Linklater started completely from scratch and scrapped footage he shot in 2019 with Jenner, or if he somehow embeds Mescal’s scenes into previous footage.

Snapped: Linklater filmed Boyhood for 12 years, following star Ellar Coltrane from age 6 to 18, filming segments each year with him, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawken, who played the boy's parents.

Snapped: Linklater filmed Boyhood for 12 years, following star Ellar Coltrane from age 6 to 18, filming segments each year with him, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawken, who played the boy’s parents.

Mezcal first appeared on stage alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones in the 2020 series Normal People.

He starred in The Lost Daughter, God’s Creatures and After the Sun, which received rave reviews.

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Most recently, the actor made headlines by signing on to star in the much-anticipated sequel to Best Picture-winning Gladiator.

Roles: Mezcal first appeared on stage alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones in the 2020 series Normal People.

Roles: Mezcal first appeared on stage alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones in the 2020 series Normal People.

Headlines: Most recently, the actor made headlines for signing on to star in the highly anticipated sequel to Best Picture winner Gladiator.

Headlines: Most recently, the actor made headlines for signing on to star in the highly anticipated sequel to Best Picture winner Gladiator.