Anna Kendrick to Sing for Pitch Perfect

Anna Kendrick attends the opening night premiere of "The Union" at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at North Cove at World Financial Center Plaza on April 20, 2011 in New York City. Photo: Jason Kempin/2011 Getty Images

Why has Hollywood been so cavalier with Anna Kendrick? You might have expected the young actress to score a significant career boost from her work in Up in the Air, but the only high-profile part she's gotten since is her (terrific) role in the upcoming 50/50, and she booked that before she got her Oscar nomination for Air. (Yes, she's also in the ensemble comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting, but she's paired with Chace Crawford, okay? Let's just not.) While we wait in vain for Kendrick to be added to those same casting short lists that perpetually include Olivia Wilde and Blake Lively, let's at least celebrate the fact that she's negotiating for the lead in Pitch Perfect, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The trade says that Kendrick will play a goth college student who is recruited by a campus a cappella group to serve as their unlikely secret weapon. Kendrick herself is a secret weapon, too; let's hope more movies start recognizing that. [THR]