MTV: ‘Eclipse’ Star Anna Kendrick Wants Role In ‘The Hobbit’

Jun 25 2010 12:07 PM EDT
‘I was and still am obsessed with ‘Lord of the Rings,’ actress reveals.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Anna Kendrick can completely relate to the throngs of “Twilight” fans who spent the last few days camped out outside the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles for the “Eclipse” premiere. In fact, there was a time in Kendrick’s life when she did the same exact thing, except her object of devotion was a rock band. And then there’s her whole “Lord of the Rings” obsession, too.


“I camped out to see the Strokes. I was obsessed with Julian Casablancas. I had a huge crush,” the Oscar nominee revealed to MTV News about her fandom at the “Eclipse” premiere. “And I was and still am obsessed with ‘Lord of the Rings.’ I do an annual marathon of the extended editions. It’s hard-core.”

While plans for a Strokes biopic have yet to be announced, it seems that Kendrick can at least live out her “Lord of the Rings” fantasies in the soon-to-be-made “Hobbit” flick. “Believe me! I spend many nights wondering that!” she explained. “This is officially my feeler.”

So would she be up for playing Bilbo Baggins, originally played by Ian Holm? “Cate Blanchett did it!” she laughed, referring to the actress’ role in “I’m Not There.” “She was Bob Dylan!”

Of course the night’s big topic was “Eclipse” and its killer music. “I’m blown away by the soundtrack. And Metric’s one of my favorites,” she said of the band, which has a song on the soundtrack. Luckily Kendrick will have more than one chance to hear them. “Metric does tracks for ‘Scott Pilgrim’ too, so I’m feeling awesome about summer movies.”

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