THR has learned that Up in the Air actress Anna Kendrick is currently in talks for Pitch Perfect, an upcoming romantic comedy from Universal that focuses on collegiate a cappella groups. Written by Kat Cannon, it’s based on a non-fiction book by Mickey Rapkin, and is set to be directed by Jason Moore, helmer of the popular Broadway play Avenue Q. Elizabeth Banks will produce with her husband, Max Handelman.
Already signed on is Bridesmaids actress Rebel Wilson — her part hasn’t been specified. The plot follows “a goth-like and rebellious student, unhappy to be at a school at which her father is a professor, who discovers her voice and becomes the secret weapon for the school’s female a cappella group.” If she signs on, Kendrick would play the lead, although it’s said that her talks are still at an early point, so it’s entirely possible that she’ll decide not to star. They would have to find a new actress soon, since production will start this fall in New Orleans. I’ll bet that she takes the part; this is, mind you, a guess based on nothing whatsoever, but it’s better than no guess at all.
As THR points out, this would be a different kind of role for Kendrick, who has made a career playing a more straight-laced kind of character; considering that she should branch out a little more — even if she’s still at an early stage of her career — it might be a good idea for her to join. How the actual movie will turn out isn’t something that I can determine, but I wouldn’t mind seeing her change things up a bit.
Does this sound like an interesting role for Kendrick to take? Would you want to see her play a character that’s different from the kind she normally portrays?
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