Anna Kendrick Joins ‘Drinking Buddies’

The actress has signed up for a lead role in the indie comedy. Anna Kendrick will start shooting Drinking Buddies in Chicago later this month. Joe Swanberg is directing. Andrea Roa, Anish Savajani and Alica van Couvering are producing. The Up In The Air star has a slew of films coming out soon. Kendrick is one of the voices, along with Casey Affleck and Leslie Mann, in the stop motion animated ParaNorman, out in August. She also stars in the David Ayer-directed cop drama End of Watch, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, as well as the musical Pitch Perfect and the Robert Redford-directed political thriller The Company You Keep. Kendrick is repped by CAA and lawyer Todd Rubenstein. {deadline.com}

‘Drinking Buddies’ Buys a Round For Anna Kendrick

Raise a glass to Anna Kendrick!

The “Twilight” alum is certainly keeping busy lately with all sorts of film projects, and now she’s stopped by the bar to score another: “Drinking Buddies,” according to Deadline.

Not much is known about the indie comedy, though we assume it’s about a group of buddies who like to … well, drink together. The film is set to be directed by Joe Swanberg, a rather prolific filmmaker who’s made something of a name for himself in the mumblecore DIY genre (it’s probably no coincidence that the lo-fi auteur directed a segment in the upcoming analog horror movie, “V/H/S”).

Anna Kendrick has two upcoming films that will be promoted at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con: “ParaNorman,” the animated sci-fi film that hits theaters on Aug. 17, and “End of Watch,” the crime drama opening Sept. 28. She’s also got “Pitch Perfect” opening on Oct. 5 and will probably be unveiling Robert Redford’s “The Company You Keep” at Sundance next year.

Anna’s “Twilight” days seem to be over, and she’s not listed in the cast list of “Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” Have we indeed seen the last of Bella’s high school pal Jessica Stanley? All will be revealed when the final “Twilight” chapter opens on Nov. 16.

“Drinking Buddies” will commence with production in Chicago later this month. There are a few bars in the Windy City, if we remember correctly. {nextmovie.com}