Anna Kendrick shock: ‘Pitch Perfect’ star’s directorial debut film based on true story?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Anna Kendrick speaks onstage during the Academy Museum Opening Press Conference at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on September 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Anna Kendrick has been taking over Hollywood recently, so it’s only natural for her to branch out into another field outside of acting.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the “Pitch Perfect” star will direct her first film, “The Dating Game,” based on Cheryl Bradshaw’s true-life story.

During the 1970s, the character appeared on a matchmaking TV show.

Aside from directing the film, Kendrick will also play the lead role of Cheryl, a single woman who joined the dating show hoping to find a potential love interest.

She had no idea that the man she had chosen, Rodney Alcala, was a psychopathic serial killer.

When asked about the upcoming project, the “Into The Woods” star said she fell in love with the script when she started reading it.

She said:

“I was obviously thrilled to be playing the character of Cheryl, I felt so connected to the story, the tone, and the themes around gender and intimacy.”

She said that when the opportunity to direct the film came up, she jumped at it because it “felt meant to be.”

According to Heavy, a bachelorette Cheryl Bradshaw joined “The Dating Game” in 1978, where three men competed to win her heart.

The audience had no idea that one of the three competitors, Rodney Alcala, had joined the show amid his murder spree.

The man had already murdered five people before appearing on the famous dating show. He was also imprisoned for raping an 8-year-old child, making him a registered sex offender.

Alcala became a crowd favourite when they were filming the show because he was constantly cracking jokes, which drew Bradshaw to him.

Alcala eventually won the title, but Bradshaw became “ill” and thought he was creepy, so she never went on a date with him.

Another contestant experienced the same sensation in the green room before the show began.

He said:

“I am kind of bending toward the other guy to get away from him, and I don’t know if I did that consciously. But thinking back on that, I probably did.”