By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:19am GMT
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Talk about upping your profile. Anna Kendrick, who has a small part in “Twilight” as one of Kristen Stewart’s human friends, has nabbed the coveted female lead opposite George Clooney in “Up in the Air.”
“Juno” director Jason Reitman has adapted the Paramount Pictures comedy from “Thumbsucker” novelist Walter Kirn’s 2001 book.
Nearly every young actress agreed to read for the part, including “Juno” star Ellen Page and Emily Blunt. But Kendrick apparently nailed the audition for a young woman who finds herself pulled into the orbit of a “career transition counsellor” (i.e. professional firer) careening through the airless world of business travel.
Kendrick has roles in the upcoming Paramount Vantage comedy “The Marc Pease Experience” and the thriller “Elsewhere.” She also starred in “Rocket Science” in 2007.