Comedic actresses don't come much better than Anna Kendrick. As the 31-year old triple threat can sing, dance and act like few of her peers can. Now Disney wants to tap into that talent with a production titled Nicole, playing off on the Saint Nicholas identity that is Santa Claus.
Said to be Santa's little daughter who takes over the family business, Kendrick would be signing onto a project that has already secured Miss Congeniality writer Marc Lawrence. But this time he will be sitting in the director's chair. Kendrick has proven herself as a diverse performer with dramas like The Accountant and Up in the Air. Contrasting nicely to comedies including Mr. Right, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and the musical franchise Pitch Perfect.
Similar Premise To Animation Christmas Installment
When her father retires from the Saint Nic business and the brother gets cold feet on Christmas Eve, all of a sudden it is Kendrick's Nicole who is tasked with saving the holidays. How so? You guessed it! By getting all the kids around the world their presents on time. Sound familiar? It's been done a few times over, including Vince Vaughn's Fred Claus as well as the 2011 animation feature Arthur Christmas. This is expected to be the basic synopsis for a feature that looks to breathe life into a genre that only really appeals to children, or at least the young at heart.
Louie Provost and Susanne Todd have agreed to join in key background roles, as Disney follow this picture with another one in the stocking via Dancing Through The Snow. That particular movie has Central Intelligence and Ride Along comedic actor Kevin Hart as Santa Claus. The studios have clearly realized the old, fat white guy routine has run it's course.
Pitch Perfect 3 Receiving Xmas Release
Reprising her role as Beca Mitchell in the smash hit series, Pitch Perfect 3 will be out just before the festivities get underway on December 22, 2017. Alongside Australians Rebel Wilson and Ruby Rose with Elizabeth Banks and a host of regulars, this franchise has been the stage for Kendrick to show off her wares as a major star in Hollywood.
But outside of her voiceover work on the 2016 animation production Trolls with Justin Timberlake, some argue that the really young audience (i.e. 6-12s) do not relate to an actress who generally caters to 20-somethings. Either way, an Anna Kendrick Christmas movie would be something to behold and everyone will be a winner.
Source: Cinema Blend