Actress Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is in early negotiations to join the romantic comedy Pitch Perfect. THR has the casting news for the film, which centers on the romance between two members of dueling collegiate a capella teams. If Kendrick signs on, she’ll play the goth-like and rebellious lead who finds the vocal group to be an escape from her unhappy school life. Rebel Wilson, who had a small but memorable role as Kristin Wiig’s roommate in Bridesmaids, is set to star in the film as an a capella group member named Fat Amy. Avenue Q‘s Jason Moore is directing the pic, which is an adaptation of Mickey Rapkin’s nonfiction book of the same name.
Kendrick’s breakout (and Academy Award-nominated) performance came with Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. She stars in the upcoming “cancer comedy” 50/50 with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt that opens September 30, and will also appear in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of Pitch Perfect. Production begins this fall.
According to GQ senior editor Rapkin, today’s lively collegiate a cappella groups boast hip-hop repertory, professional vocal arrangements, competitions at Lincoln Center and a world shrunk by the Internet. During the 2006–2007 college season, Rapkin, an alum of a Cornell all-male singing club, followed three a cappella powerhouses: Divisi, an all-girl group from the University of Oregon, the testosterone-driven Hullabahoos of the University of Virginia, and Beelzebubs, from Tufts. Each is a collective with a score to settle, a tradition to honor. Robbed of a championship in 2005, Divisi wants payback; the Hullabahoos want respect without forfeiting their frat-boy charm; and the controversial Bubs want to hone their edge. Throughout, Rapkin engages with celebrity trivia (Heroes‘ Masi Oka sang a cappella at Brown) and music criticism. He profiles the cottage recording industry built from college a cappella. Most notably, he riffs through signature events and crisis moments with a snarky humor (onstage Divisi looks like the women in that Robert Palmer video) that turns each chapter into a picaresque progression toward graduation. [Amazon]