Paul Mescal joins Merrily We Roll Along, replacing Blake Jenner – The Hollywood Reporter

Paul Mescal will replace Blake Jenner in decade-long production of Stephen Sondheim musical Fun we roll together, Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

Richard Linklater will direct the Blumhouse-backed project and will shoot over a 20-year period. (The director who shot his Oscar-winning film childhood more than 12 years.)

The much-loved musical, based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, tells the story of Franklin Shepard, a gifted composer of Broadway musicals who has abandoned friends. and his career to become a Hollywood film producer. The story begins at the height of his Hollywood fame and goes back in time, revealing key moments in Frank’s life.

Mescal will star as Broadway composer Franklin Shepard, a role previously thought to be played by Jenner. Once cast, Jenner was embroiled in allegations of domestic abuse.

In November 2019, actress Melissa Benoist posted a 14-minute video on Instagram in which she talked about being a victim of domestic violence. At the time, Benoist did not name her abuser. In October 2020, Jenner, who was formerly married to Benoist, took to social media to apologize for an abusive relationship, writing that he “takes full responsibility and accountability for the damages.” the hurt I caused in my relationship with my previous partner – emotionally, spiritually. , and yes, physically. (Jenner, who also filed an abuse complaint against his former partner, also did not name the partner he was referring to in his post.)

Mescal will join the previously announced cast of Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt. The project was announced four years ago, with its first filming completed in August 2019. Ginger Sledge will produce with Jason Blum for Blumhouse, along with Jonathan Marc Sherman and Linklater.

Mescal, who exploded onto the Hulu series Normal personwas recently cast in Ridley Scott’s fighter next part. He has received a lot of praise over the past year for his outstanding work at Cannes sundown.

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