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Anna Kendrick Joins James McAvoy and Seth Rogen's Cancer Comedy

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 7, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 7, 2010 |

A couple of my favorite coming-of-age movies are The Wackness and Rocket Science, two films I've been cramming down your gullets for a few years now, whether you like it or not. (It's medicine; goddamnit! Drink the medicine!) The success of The Wackness owed its success to writer/director Jonathan Levine (and an outstanding performance by Ben Kingsley), while Rocket Science was as fantastic as it was in large part due to the performance of Anna Kendrick, who -- after Up in the Air -- may be the light drama actress du jour.

And now, thanks to the departure of one Sundance darling of yore (Nicole Holofcener), these two Sundance darlings of will get a chance to work together on a movie called I'm with Cancer. But before you completely stop caring, know this, too: It stars James McAvoy ... and (before you get out a paper towel to clean up that mess on your chair, ladies) Seth Rogen (the anti-libido!).

I'm with Cancer is based on the experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser. In it, a 25-year-old man (McAvoy) learns that he has cancer and the movie follows his struggle with it over several years. Seth Rogen will play the sarcastic wiseacre best friend or something, while Kendrick will play a young shrink with little real-world experience (sounds similar to her Up in the Air character). Levine -- who also directed the never-released-but-holy-shit it's good horror flick, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane -- is set to direct. He will make love to your senses. Dance!

Filming will begin in Vancouver this February. Holofcener apparently backed out over location differences, which suggests that she didn't want to do it in Vancouver, which is Rogen's hometown. And since Rogen is also producing, it's clear who came out on top in that creative difference (pssst. Rogen.). It was difficult imagining Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely and Amazing) directing a Rogen flick, even if it wasn't a run-of-the-mill extended dick joke Rogen flick, as I'd imagine their sensibilities would clash. In either respect, as much as I do like Holofcener, I'm doubly thrilled over the pairing of Levine and Kendrick, along with McAvoy.

Wait? Did I just express enthusiasm?

Sorry. Won't happen again. I'm going to go Ferberize myself.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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