“Frozen” stars Jonathan Groff and Kristen Bell are set to reunite onscreen for the musical film “Molly and the Moon,” based on the real-life experiences of “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
On Thursday, it was announced the live-action project was born out of a personal struggle of both Thomas and his wife, as well as their baby while he was riding on the wave of success from the CBS hit sitcom. “Life served up an enormous curve ball to us,” Carter told Deadline.
His son, Elliot, was diagnosed with a genetic defect that left him fighting for his life.
“We discovered after he was born that Elliot had Jacobsen Syndrome, a rare genetic deletion where a piece of one of the 11th chromosomes has broken off, resulting in the loss of certain genes that go into making a healthy, typical baby,” he shared.
“And what it meant for Elliot is that he had several heart defects and needed open-heart surgery at only two weeks old...[T]his little tiny baby, was going through this epic life or death battle, lying in this plastic box, this small incubator,” Carter continued.
Through the pain, and a shared love of music, Bays and Thomas crafted a musical tale, “about a baby struggling to survive to go home with its parents and start life.”
Wesleyan University classmates, the close friends formed a band in college called The Solids, which wrote and performed many of the songs featured in the “How I Met Your Mother”
“I had to tell this story, to honor my son and because there are just tens of millions of people in this country, and more around the world, whose lives have been touched by something like this,” Thomas said about the film, which he said drew inspiration from “Where The Wild Things Are” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Bell, who voiced the Anna character in the billion dollar-grossing Disney blockbuster franchise, plays the baby Molly’s mom, Kate.
Groff, a star of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” voiced Kristoff in “Frozen.” The two-time Tony Award nominee will play the dad, Brian.
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