Anna Kendrick Lending Voice to DreamWorks Animation's 'Trolls'
by Ethan Anderton
June 16, 2014
After singing her heart out in Pitch Perfect, and returning to a capella with the sequel directed by Elizabeth Banks that is underway right now, Anna Kendrick is getting musical again. However, this time she won't be stepping in front of a camera, because DreamWorks Animation has revealed that the star of Up in the Air, Drinking Buddies and and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will lend her voice to Trolls, the film based on the hairy dolls of the same name. Kendrick will play Poppy, the relentlessly upbeat princess who is at the center of the film described as an animated musical comedy, already set for release November 4th, 2016.
Previously, Chloe Moretz was slated to take the female lead with Jason Schwartzman taking the male lead, but their names are no longer mentioned as being involved, so there must have been some changed behind the scenes. Kendrick previously lent her voice to a character in the stop-motion animated delight ParaNorman, but otherwise, her only other animation experience comes from a guest role on "Family Guy." There's likely plenty more roles left to be filled as these animated films tend to have quite the ensemble.
The press release for the 20th Century Fox film says it will tell the story behind the beloved, colorful nature of the Trolls trademark gravity-defying hair. That doesn't sound particularly thrilling, but we also thought The LEGO Movie would be a disaster, and Phil Lord & Chris Miller proved us wrong there. Directing this film is Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After), so our hopes aren't high, but with Kendrick on board, maybe this has a clever script after all. Anyone interested in Trolls?