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Anna Kendrick to Star in DreamWorks Animation’s Musical ‘Trolls’

Anna Kendrick will star as the relentlessly upbeat princess Poppy in DreamWorks Animation’s musical “Trolls.”

The comedy stars the colorful big haired dolls that became a popular toy among collectors during the 1960s and later again in the 1990s.

Kendrick’s upcoming films include Disney’s musical “Into the Woods” and Universal’s “Pitch Perfect 2.”

Mike Mitchell (“Shrek Forever After”) will direct “Trolls” that 20th Century Fox will release Nov. 4, 2016.

“Anna has proven herself to be a brilliant actress with an amazing singing voice,” Mitchell said. “She’ll inject Poppy with the exact mix of spirit, sass and song that will no doubt give a whole new life to the iconic Troll dolls.”

DreamWorks Animation paired up with Trolls rights holder Dam Things in 2013 to adapt the dolls into films and TV shows. As part of the deal, DWA handles worldwide rights to the characters with the exception of Scandinavia.

The Troll dolls were first created in 1959 by Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam as a present for his daughter.

DWA’s most recent toon “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is out in theaters now.

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