Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake seemed to be having a blast together this week. After making an appearance at the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday night, the duo are now at Cannes winning the audience over with their singing skills.
Kendrick and Timberlake, who are the two leads in the animated film Trolls, were part of the first day festivities at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, as reported by Vanity Fair. Kendrick and Timberlake were there to help introduce their upcoming animated movie to the French audience in hopes that they build up enough excitement for moviegoers to watch the film when it comes out later in November.
DreamWorks Animation head Jeffery Katzenberg was also there to talk about Trolls and also mentioned how DreamWorks enjoys showing previews or premiering movies at the prestigious film festival. Trolls director Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn were also on hand to hype up the movie to the audience.
The movie takes place in a world dominant of trolls, where they are always happy and even schedule hugs throughout the day. Anna Kendrick plays Princess Poppy and Justin Timberlake voices Branch, the grumpy troll. After a group of goblin-like creatures called Bergens kidnap a group of trolls, Princess Poppy and Branch have to team up and try to save their fellow trolls’ lives.
Kendrick and Timberlake didn’t dress up like their animated characters, but they were there to sing a duet that will be featured on the Trolls soundtrack. The movie soundtrack will have both original and cover tunes, with Timberlake co-writing some of the songs, including “Can’t Stop the Feeling” whose video was released earlier on May 5.
A clip was shown of Kendrick’s character singing an original song in the film. Afterwards, another clip was presented that showed a group of Bergens, the villians in the film, singing a cover of the Gorillaz hit “Clint Eastwood.”
Timberlake’s character gets to sing the Cyndi Lauper’s classic ballad “True Colors” at one point in the film, while comforting a sad troll, before Kendrick’s princess joins in to finish up the song.
After Katzenberg presented the clips to the audience, Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake presented themselves to the audience to sing the full version of “True Colors.” The duo only performed one song, but the audience seemed to enjoy the acoustic version after Timberlake asked that the people be nice to the actors.
“We are Anna and Garfunkel. Okay, we are going to give this a go, but you guys have to be nice.”
Kendrick also makes an appearance in the “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” along with other co-stars in the film, including James Corden and Gwen Stefani. Kendrick doesn’t actually sing in the song, but viewers can watch her dance in her dressing room and lip-sync the words while using a hairbrush as a microphone.
While Justin Timberlake is the famous pop star, Anna Kendrick has performed in musicals on stage and in film throughout her career. Kendrick was only 12-years-old when she received her first Tony nomination for the comedy musical High Society. Kendrick also sang in the big screen production of Into the Woods and the two Pitch Perfect movies.
Timberlake achieved fame as a singer, but he is still looking to be taken seriously as an actor. He had small roles in films like Black Snake Moan, Alpha Dog, and Shrek the Third, before he gained bigger roles starting with the The Social Network in 2010. Timberlake is also a frequent guest host and musical act for Saturday Night Live, having hosted the comedy variety show five times.
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