October 6, 2011

Movies: Anna Kendrick's everywhere!

Juicy leading roles are flooding in for the extremely in-demand actress (and native daughter).

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Anna Kendrick, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in '50/50.'

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At the age of 12, Kendrick got the part of the little sister in a Broadway revival of "High Society," and was nominated for a Tony Award. Her mother, Jan Kendrick of Portland, said young Anna had long said she wanted to be on Broadway -- even though she wasn't quite sure what that meant.

After her Broadway experience, she came back to Portland, attending Lincoln Middle School and graduating from Deering High School in 2003. She continued to audition for theater and film roles, and got a role in the indie hit "Camp" (2003) about a summer camp for musical theater students. That was followed by a role in another indie, "Rocket Science" (2007).

It was her performance in "Rocket Science" -- as a high-school debater with a rapid-fire tongue -- that caught the eye of "Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman. Reitman wrote the part of Natalie Keener, a young corporate downsizer who goes toe-to-toe with Clooney, specifically for Kendrick.

When the film was released to rave reviews in 2009, Kendrick was catapulted to stardom. And even though she didn't win the Oscar (it went to Mo'Nique for "Precious"), she did become a household name.

But as her current film projects prove, she's not content to stick to any one style. As far as her film career is concerned, she wants to continue to try different things.

Take for instance, "Rapturepalooza," due out in 2012. It's basically a wacky comedy about what happens when the world ends and some people go to meet their maker. Think of it as "Left Behind" with a sense of humor and none of the heavy-handedness.

"It's after the Rapture, and everybody who gets left behind is trying to find their way, but it's a comedy, and it's meant to be dark," she said. "I play a girl who gets left behind, and the Antichrist (Robinson) gets it in his head that we should get married."

"And," she adds, "hilarity ensues."

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at: rrouthier@pressherald.com


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Anna Kendrick fielding questions from the press at the screening of the film during the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

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