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Richard Linklater Confirms 'Merrily' Movie with 20-Year Shoot

Acclaimed director Richard Linklater has confirmed that he is directing a movie version of the Broadway musical Merrily We Roll Along, which will be filmed across a 20-year time span.

Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein were already announced to star in the movie and now Glee‘s Blake Jenner has also joined the cast!

Blake previously worked with Richard on the movie Everybody Wants Some.

Blake is starring in the movie musical as Broadway composer Franklin Shepard while Beanie is playing his friend, theater critic Mary Flynn. Ben is playing the third lead role of playwright Charley Kringas, Frank’s former best friend and writing partner.

“I first saw, and fell in love with Merrily in the ‘80’s and I can’t think of a better place to spend the next 20 years than in the world of a Sondheim musical. I don’t enter this multi-year experience lightly, but it seems the best, perhaps the only way, to do this story justice on film,” Linklater said in a statement to THR.

The musical is told in reverse, starting in 1976 and finally reaching the point where the characters originally met, 20 years earlier. The first segment of the movie has already been filmed!

Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein, & Richard Linklater Team Up for 'Merrily We Roll Along' Film Adaptation

Richard Linklater is directing a movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” starring Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt!

The 59-year-old filmmaker will shoot the 26-year-old Booksmart actress and the 25-year-old The Politician actor over a span of 20 years, Collider reports.

Richard Linklater also used this film style with 2014′s Boyhood, which was filmed over 12 years.

Merrily We Roll Along follows “Franklin Shepard, a talented Broadway composer who abandons his theater career in New York and all his friends in order to produce movies in Los Angeles.”

The musical is told in reverse, starting in 1976 and finally reaching the point where the characters originally met, 20 years earlier.

Ben will play the lead, and Beanie will portray his best friend, theater critic Mary Flynn.

Fun facts: Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein are best friends from high school, and in Lady Bird, Beanie’s character was part of the school musical, which was Merrily.

READ MORE: Beanie Feldstein to Play Monica Lewinsky in Ryan Murphy’s Next ‘American Crime Story’ Season

Cate Blanchett & Troian Bellisario Premiere 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' in NYC

Cate Blanchett and Troian Bellisario keep it chic at the premiere of their new movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette!

The 50-year-old Ocean’s 8 actress and the 33-year-old Clara star attended the event held at Metrograph on Monday (August 12) in New York City.

They were joined by their co-stars Billy Crudup, Claudia Doumit, Zoe Chao, Emma Nelson, Katelyn Statton, and director Richard Linklater.

Also in attendance were Marshall‘s Derrick Baskin, Avengers: Infinity War‘s Pom Klementieff, Instinct‘s Betsy Wolfe, and stand-up comedian Marc Maron.

In Where’d You Go, Bernadette, a loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

Watch the trailer, and don’t miss it when it hits theaters on August 16!

FYI: Cate is wearing Alexander McQueen and an Ana Khouri ring. Troian is wearing Jason Wu and Ana Khouri earrings. Zoe is wearing Christian Siriano. Emma is wearing Chanel. Pom is wearing Alexander McQueen.

35+ pictures inside of Cate Blanchett, Troian Bellisario, and more at the premiere… More Here! »

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Troian Bellisario Joins Cate Blanchett For 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette?' Promo in NYC

The cast of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? stop by Build Series to promote their new film in New York City on Monday afternoon (August 12).

Cate Blanchett was joined during the appearance by Billy Crudup, , Emma Nelson, Troian Bellisario, Richard Linklater, and Zoe Chao to chat up the film, which hits theaters this coming weekend.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? focuses on a mom, who takes an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.

FYI: Troian wore a Red Valentino jumpsuit, Tibi belt and Sophia Webster heels.

Check out 45+ pics inside of the cast of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? in NYC…

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'School of Rock' Cast - Where Are They Now?

It’s been 15 years since School of Rock premiered (feel old yet?) and became one of our all-time favorite family comedy movies.

The Richard Linklater-directed musical film tells the story of Dewey Finn (Jack Black), who, after being kicked out of his rock band, becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

The success of the movie – which earned Jack a Golden Globe nomination – has also led to an Andrew Lloyd Webber-composed Broadway musical adaptation in 2015, as well as a School of Rock TV series on Nickelodeon from 2016-18.

We’re looking back on the leading members of the original cast to see where they are now!

Click through the slideshow to find out where all of your favorite School of Rock actors are today…

Cate Blanchett Disappears in 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Movie Trailer - Watch Now!

The trailer for the highly anticipated movie Where’d You Go Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett, has been released!

The movie is based on the best-selling book by Maria Semple and it’s co-written and directed by Richard Linklater.

The film is “about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all – a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.”

Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoe Chao, and Laurence Fishburne all star in the movie as well. The film hits theaters on March 22.