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Casting: Anna Kendrick boards Stowaway; genre staples voicing Spies in Disguise

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Oct 29, 2018, 10:10 PM EDT

The prolific and hugely talented Anna Kendrick is getting some more genre credit to her name, as it was announced today that she will be joining the sci-fi thriller Stowaway.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pitch Perfect star has joined the new film being directed by YouTube star Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan). Ryan Morrison, Penna's partner on the film Arctic (starring Mads Mikkelsen), co-wrote this new film with him. 

The story will follow a spaceship on its way to Mars, when the crew discovers the titular stowaway right after take off. Kendrick will not play the stowaway in question, but rather a "medical researcher" who will have what THR reports as "a dissenting voice." The film will be produced by XYZ Films, alongside RISE pictures and Augenschein Filmproduktion. 

For all of you who have been waiting and hoping to see Anna Kendrick voicing unpopular opinions on a spaceship, your day has finally come. 

There's more sci-fi casting news today, but this item is about some sci-fi legends being added to a non-sci-fi story. The director of the Death Star project and a former Doctor Who companion have been added to the animated film Spies in Disguise.  

According to Deadline, the cast of the new Fox Animated Film has added Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One, Ready Player One, Captain Marvel), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Avengers: Infinity War), Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca, Parks and Recreation), Masi Oka (Heroes), and DJ and music producer DJ Khaled. Cast members Will Smith (Suicide Squad) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) have already been announced

Nick Bruno will direct the film along with Troy Quane. The story will feature a charming spy, Lance (Smith), and his gadget-inventor Walter (Holland), who find themselves in a "dangerous situation" that forces them to try and save the world. The film is based on the 2009 animated short, Pigeon: Impossible, by Lucas Martell. The movie will feature a '60s look, but take place in a "modern context," mostly around a "stylized" Washington D.C. 

Honestly, they had us with Mendelsohn and Gillan. Here's hoping that Mendelsohn will scream at people at some point (which always makes our hearts soar) and Gillan will get to use her natural Scottish accent. Whether she does or doesn't, though, we're happy she's onboard. 

The movie is currently set to release in September of 2019.