Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick is set to put her singing voice to use for another comedy, this time an animated one. Remember those troll dolls with the colorful spiky hair? Well, DreamWorks Animation does. The studio’s musical comedy Trolls will send the popular toy creatures on a wild and hilarious adventure.
Kendrick will star as Poppy, the peppy princess who sets out on a quest to discover the origin of the trolls’ gravity-defying hair.
The film will be directed by Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After), who believes Kendrick will, “…inject Poppy with the exact mix of spirit, sass and song that will no doubt give a whole new life to the iconic troll dolls.”
The dolls were invented in 1959 by Thomas Dam, who could not afford to buy his daughter a Christmas present. Instead, the Danish fisherman carved her a figurine of a mythical Scandinavian troll. The troll doll became a huge hit in the 1960′s and then again in the 90′s.
One can only assume the trolls will once again rise in popularity when the film hits theaters – do Transformers or Smurfs ring any bells? - on November 4, 2016.
Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick and Chris Messina have reportedly joined Jennifer Aniston on new indie movie Cake.
According to The Wrap, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy, Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters, Camille Mana, Manuel Garcia Rulfo and Marianne Jean-Baptiste will also appear.
Aniiston is executive producer on the project and also plays the main character Claire Simmons, a woman who becomes fascinated by Nina – a member of her chronic pain support group.
Simmons must face her own personal tragedy when she discovers Nina’s suicide and develops a relationship with Nina’s husband.
Cake is written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, who revealed that he is “the biggest” Aniston fan.Barnz previously said: “Of the zillions of Jennifer Aniston fans, I might be the biggest one of all. I’ve especially loved her more dramatic performances, and I can’t wait to watch her tackle a role that has such a brilliantly funny voice and so much raw pain (hats off to writer Patrick Tobin).”
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick will star in Mr. Right, with Tokarev helmer Paco Cabezas directing a script by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Kendrick will play a woman whose bad luck streak at finding lasting love seems to end when she meets Mr. Right. That’s until she discovers he is a reformed hit man. When his dark past catches up, their fledgling relationship is tested as they try to save one another.
The film’s financed by Amasia Entertainment’s Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo, who’ll produce with Circle Of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis and Rick Jacobs, with Stephen Emery and Landis the exec producers. Two-year old Amasia co-financed the Halle Berry-starrer The Call and the upcoming Nick Jonas pic Careful What You Wish For. Circle Of Confusion has the Landis-scripted American Ultra in production and La Vida Robot in post. Shooting will begin this fall. Kendrick is repped by CAA, Rockwell by Gersh and Untitled. WME reps Landis (with Circle of Confusion) and Cabezas (with Echo Lake).
Marjane Satrapi, the filmmaker behind “Persepolis,” makes her English-language debut with the horror-comedy.
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to The Voices, the Sundance horror-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick.
The movie is directed by Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born filmmaker who is perhaps best known for the animated movie Persepolis, who is making her English-language debut.
Voices, written by Michael R. Perry, centers on a genial but disturbed factory worker named Jerry (Reynolds) who has a crush on a co-worker (Arterton). Without giving too much away, things go south and get even worse, as Jerry begins taking counsel from his foul-mouthed and murderous cat as well as his good-natured dog. The movie mixes murder, fantasy and talking animals (and talking heads) as well as several tones.
It was produced by Matthew Rhodes, Adi Shankar, Roy Lee and Spencer Silna. The companies involved include 1984 Private Defense Contractors and is a Mandalay Vision, Studio Babelsberg and Vertigo Entertainment production.
CAA and UTA Independent Film Group, along with Loeb and Loeb, repped the filmmakers.
Anna Kendrick opened up about her newest role in the film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years, saying that she wept when she initially read the script.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Pitch Perfect star opened up about how she emotional this film will be for her.
Jason Robert Brown’s 2001 musical will be adapted into an indie film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. Kendrick will star alongside Smash star Jeremy Jordan in the film.
Kendrick admits that she originally did not listen to the cast recording before receiving the script but she did recognize the name of the writer.
“Parade is my favorite musical of all time, and I think that Jason Robert Brown is an absolute genius, and so many people told me to listen to this recording and see the show, and for some reason it just never happened,” she said.
“It wasn’t until I got this script and saw that it was Jason Robert Brown that I even familiarized myself with the material,” Kendrick continued. “I wept my way through the script before I ever heard the music, and then the next morning I woke up and re-read the script while I listened to the recording and I was just an absolute mess because it’s so beautiful.”
When Kendrick was 12, she was nominated for her first Tony Award. It’s no surprise her theater background is coming full-circle back into her life within film – like in the musical Pitch Perfect which she recently agreed to appear in the sequel to. However, this doesn’t mean she wants to go back to the stage.
“I know I shouldn’t admit this, but it’s not like it’s some big secret – I just could not sing The Last Five Years eight times a week,” she said.
New Pitch Perfect 2 totally in the works,Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson returning & more. According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, the new “Pitch Perfect 2″ movie is totally going to happen, and they’re bringing back the main superstars, Anna Kendrick aka Beca and Rebel Wilson!
Also Hunger Games actress, Elizabeth Banks, will be directing the follow-up. She produced the first one, but now, she’ll be directing. The first movie brought in great numbers, grossing more than $115 million dollars ,worldwide, on a $17 million dollar budget, so it definitely paid Universal Pictures back in spades.
It also did very well in ancillary markets by generating roughly $135 million dollars in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. If that weren’t enough, the soundtrack was also very successful, going platinum with over 1 million units sold while single Cups went nearly triple platinum with combined sales of a little less than 3 million units sold.
Universal Pictures’ chairman, Donna Langley, stated, Elizabeth Banks ” brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on and we’re thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2.” The movie is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters in the Summer 2015.
Recognizable stage and screen star Anna Kendrick opened up about her role in the hotly anticipated stage-to-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s celebrated family-friendly fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS as part of a new interview.
The witty and winsome star shared a story about her initial reaction to being cast in the project by director Rob Marshall as well as commented on the character she plays in the film, Cinderella.
Asked if she ever anticipated that she would actually get the coveted role, Kendrick replied, “Never in a million years!”
Kendrick continues, “That’s the first thing – when Rob Marshall offered me the job, that’s the first thing I did.”
Kendrick clarified, “I e-mailed him and said, ‘I’m gonna wear a g*ddamn ballgown, are you kidding me?!”
In another recent interview, Kendrick also concluded of the Disney tentpole movie musical, “What I am doing right now with INTO THE WOODS is so magical – every day is so magical.”
The confirmed complete cast for INTO THE WOODS is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, with Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack.
Check out the original BroadwayWorld world premiere exclusive INTO THE WOODS film confirmed casting article here.
INTO THE WOODS is set to be released on December 25, 2014.