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Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson will return for 'Pitch Perfect 2,' star Elizabeth Banks will direct (+video)

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Pitch Perfect” stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will reportedly be returning for the film’s sequel and “Perfect” star Elizabeth Banks will reportedly be directing “Pitch Perfect 2,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Kendrick and Wilson have both signed on for the sequel.

“Elizabeth originated the idea for Pitch Perfect and was instrumental in making the first film such a huge success,” Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley said of Banks coming aboard as director, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “She brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on and we’re thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2.”

Screenwriter Kay Cannon, who wrote the first film, will also return for the sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The 2012 comedy about college a cappella groups was a box office hit, grossing more than $65 million domestically, according to the website Box Office Mojo, and one of its songs, Kendrick’s ditty “Cups,” peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Banks, who recently starred in the 2013 film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and lent her voice to the animated film “The Lego Movie,” has previously directed short pieces and directed part of the 2013 film “Movie 43.”

Kendrick will star in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Into the Woods,” which will be released this Christmas, as well as the movie adaptation of the musical “The Last 5 Years.” She recently appeared in the movie “Happy Christmas” and the film “Life After Beth.”

Wilson is currently starring on the ABC comedy “Super Fun Night” and appeared in the 2013 film “Pain & Gain.” She previously co-starred with Kendrick and Banks in the 2012 film “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”

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“Pitch Perfect 2” is set to hit theaters in May 2015.


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