The film is to be directed by Avenue Q’s John Moore, and is based on a nonfiction book by Mickey Rapkin, adapted by Kay Cannon, a producer and writer of the much-loved TV series, 30 Rock.
“revolves around a goth-like and rebellious student (Kendrick), 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.”
Rebel Wilson, seen this summer in Bridesmaids and who’s currently filming Bachelorette with Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst, and James Marsden, is also attached to the project, which sounds like it has potential with Kendrick in the lead.
Kendrick has been making a name for herself over the past few years, earning herself an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Up in the Air last year, a role which she truly owned. We last saw her as Michael Cera’s sister in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and will be seeing her next as Jessica Stanley in Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part I, due out on 18th November, and then as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s young therapist in 50/50, due out on 6th January next year (the brilliant trailer for which you can see here).
This new project is said to have a modest budget, with shooting expected to begin over the next few months in New Orleans. Though her talks are still only in the early stages, it would be really interesting to see her in a role like this. She is the third-youngest person to ever be nominated for a Tony Award for her role in High Society on Broadway at the age of just twelve, so she clearly has a brilliant voice, and getting to hear it in an a cappella film would be fantastic.
My only hope is that Moore doesn’t choose to heavily edit and over-produce the singers in this, because I can’t see that working with an a cappella-based film at all. It’s got to be natural, and Kendrick is exactly that.