LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Banks, who produced and starred in the original 2012 comedy ‘Pitch Perfect’ with Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, is going to direct the 2015 follow-up, she confirmed on Twitter.
“Acabelieve it,” the 39-year-old actress joked of the news on Monday.
“Pitch Perfect 2” will be Banks’ first time directing a feature film, and she’s also on board to star in the project as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, Kendrick and Wilson are expected to return, and the the first film’s screenwriter, Kay Cannon, is tackling the sequel, too.
“Pitch Perfect,” adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s book, was a solid success at the box office, earning $113 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. According to the chairman of studio Universal, Donna Langley, the film — which follows a college student who finds herself making the unlikely choice to join an a capella group — originated with Banks.
“Elizabeth originated the idea for ‘Pitch Perfect’ and was instrumental in making the first film such a huge success,” Langley told THR. “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.’”