Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt to Star in Movie Musical Filmed Over 20 Years

In today’s most important news, Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt are starring in a film adaptation of musical together. Gasp!!

But we won’t get to see it for at least 20 years. Double gasp!!!

As Collider reported, filmmaker Richard Linklater (you may know him from Boyhood) is adapting Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along, based on the 1934 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. (Before you Google: Yes, Sondheim, Kaufman, and Hart are all Jews.)

Beanie and Ben, the IRL Jewish BFFs and theater stars in their own right, will play Mary Flynn and Charley Kringas, and Glee star Blake Jenner will play Franklin Shephard. Per Collider, the plot follows 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. Like the play, the musical begins at the height of his Hollywood fame and moves backwards in time, showing snapshots of the most important moments in Frank’s life that shaped the man he is today.” Linklater, who famously filmed Boyhood over the course of 12 years, is sticking to the timeline of the play — which takes place over the course of 20 years. The world as we know it may not even still exist in 2039, but that’s the plan.

Twitter, obviously, had a field day this news. (Just like it did when Beanie was cast as Monica Lewinsky in an upcoming season of American Crime Story.) Here are some highlights:

1. Makes us tear up, too.

2. Yep:

3. Cats joke? Double yep.

4. 20! Years!

5. Now we gotta live that long…

6. *Whispers* but will we be alive?

7. Can’t wait for Beanie to EGOT!

8. Seems about right:

9. I really don’t want to think about this…

10. For ME.

11. I’m also done!

See you in 2039, old friends?

Image of Beanie & Ben in header by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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