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Ben Platt praises Paul Mescal in the musical film Merrily We Roll Along

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Ben Platt has nothing but scorn for Paul Mescal. The two actors are joining forces for Richard Linklater’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim and George Firth musical that has been filming for two decades. diversity It was previously reported in January that Mescal had replaced Blake Jenner in the lead role of Broadway composer Franklin Shepard. Platt said diversity The studio presented by Audible at Sundance that Mescal is already “amazing” to work with.

Platt plays Charlie, Franklin’s creative partner and songwriter in the musical, while Benny Feldstein takes on the role of Mary, their good friend and theater critic. The story tracks the disintegration of the trio’s friendship when Franklin abandons Charlie and Mary to become a successful Hollywood film producer. The story is told in reverse chronological order over more than 20 years, so Linklater and his actors have been shooting parts of the film every year for nearly two decades.

“We shot the first sequence,” Platt said diversityRebecca Rubin. “The film is structured to be nine different sequences over 18 years, so we’ll see how we do. We did the first one and the next one is coming this year It’s great.”

Platt added, “Sondheim is the ultimate theater god, so it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to do a beautiful Sondheim short film, especially with Benny who is a dear friend and Paul who is one of the greatest talents on our screen.” “I hope we can reach the finish line.”

Platt is at Sundance as the star of “Theatre Camp,” directed by Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman. The film is set in upstate New York at a scrappy theater camp that is a haven for budding performers. After its founder (Amy Sedaris) slips into a coma, her estranged son Troy (Jimmy Tatro) is tasked with keeping the camp afloat and making sure opening night runs smoothly. Platt co-stars opposite Gordon, Noah Galvin and Patty Harrison.

Gordon and Galvin join Platt diversity Studio presented by Audible at Sundance. Gordon and Platt are childhood friends, while Gordon and Galvin last starred together in Olivia Wilde’s breakout directorial debut “Booksmart.” The pair found “Theater Camp” after producer Jessica Albam, who also worked on “Booksmart,” took on the project.

“The film was born out of just wanting to do something together and being inspired by people who came together,” Gordon says of “Theatre Camp.” “It seemed like this big dude’s hang was really hard and took 19 days and it was a crazy thing.”

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