November 21, 2008 / 7:15 AM / 10 years ago

Anna Kendrick movin' on "Up" with Clooney

Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 28, 2004. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

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 counselor” (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.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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