Newcomer Anna Kendrick (Rocket Science, Camp) has landed her first big-time role (if you consider starring alongside Ben Stiller big-time) in the comedy The Marc Pease Experience. Pic, which looks to be a more commercial, Stiller-esque version of Rushmore, marks actor Todd Louiso's (Love Liza) sophomore directorial effort; Jason Schwartzman also stars. After being nominated for a best actress Tony for the musical High Society, Kendrick has made a fairly smooth transition to the big screen, and was already nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her debut performance in the indie hit Camp.
In The Marc Pease Experience, Schwartzman plays a guy who's stuck living 10 years in the past, back to when he was the star of all of his high school's musicals. The entire film takes place over the course of one day, while Stiller (who plays Schwartzman's former teacher/mentor) is preparing to unveil the school's latest production. Kendrick enters the picture as love interest to both Schwartzman and Stiller's characters. This is one of those films that I'm very much anticipating; back in high school, I spent four years in one of those drama classes, watching these types of kids demand all attention. Not only that, but my drama teacher -- who also happened to be the guy in charge of all the staged productions -- supposedly liked to seduce some of his students. Needless to say, I'm a tad close to the subject. Since I'm also a huge Rushmore fan (and you can't help but notice all the similarities here), I hope Louiso and co-writer Jacob Koskoff give us enough of a fresh take so that us Wes Anderson nuts don't leave the theater and immediately cry foul.