Golden Globe nominee and current EW cover girl Anna Kendrick could be looking at a best supporting actress Oscar nod for Up in the Air. If she were to win, she’d also be facing that category’s notorious career curse. That, combined with the fact that she’s so young (24), bubbly, and truly talented (you could see it even in Twilight), makes me want to protect her. Which could be why I got excited when I read that she’s signed on for a comedy with James McAvoy. She’ll play a psychologist who counsels McAvoy’s character, a twentysomething man who learns he has cancer. (Seth Rogen also stars, but frankly, that’s not as comforting as it used to be.) The film, directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), begins shooting next month. Who knows if it will be good as it sounds, but at the very least, with an actor the quality of McAvoy in the picture, it won’t be embarrassing.
So to recap: Well done, Anna. Your ability to play laughs in serious-issue films should serve you well. Embrace it.
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