Actress Anna Kendrick has a new gig. Glendale-based company, DreamWorks Animation, has announced the selection of Kendrick to play upbeat princess,”Poppy,” in a new comedy musical, “Trolls.” Kendrick received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical “High Society” in 1998. She got an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the movie, “Up in the Air” (2009). Kendrick really showed off her singing chops in the musical romantic comedy, “Pitch Perfect” (2012).
The Troll movie will be directed by Mike Mitchell whose successes include “Shrek Forever After” (2010)
“Anna has proven herself to be a brilliant actress with an amazing singing voice. She’ll inject Poppy with the exact mix of spirit, sass and song that will no doubt give a whole new life to the iconic Troll dolls,” said Mitchell in a news release.
The first troll doll reportedly was created in 1959 by a poor Danish woodcutter who craved a special doll for his daughter based on a Scandinavian troll. Once they hit the marketplace, the tiny dolls with the straight-up shock of colored hair quickly became popular toys. The craze was really big in the 1960s and even got a resurgence in the 1990s. The Troll movie is set to be released in November of 2016.