Anna Kendrick to star in Trolls

Anna Kendrick has joined the cast of 'Trolls'.

The 'Pitch Perfect' actress is the first star to sign up for the forthcoming DreamWorks animated adventure - which is based on the popular big-haired doll franchise - and will showcase her musical talents lending her voice to the cheery Princess Poppy.

Director Mike Mitchell - who previously worked on 'Shrek Forever After' - said in a statement: ''Anna has proven herself to be a brilliant actress with an amazing singing voice.

''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.''

The movie is scheduled for release in 2016, on October 21 in the UK and November 4 in the US and there will be a huge merchandise tie-in, as it was previously announced American Girl executive Shawn Dennis will be helping release toys, books, games and other 'Trolls' products.

A statement from DreamWorks Animation last year announced: ''Trolls is a brand with over fifty years of deep heritage and we are thrilled to bring this iconic, multi-generational property to DreamWorks Animation

''We have big plans for this franchise and Shawn Dennis is uniquely suited to lead this charge. She helped grow the American Girl brand into a household name and by bringing this expertise to 'Trolls' she will introduce these characters to legions of new fans around the world.''

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