Pitch Perfect 2 won't arrive in theaters for another year, but it looks like some of the stars are already practicing their pitching at "A cappella boot camp." The above photo announces "Day 1 of Pitch Perfect 2 rehearsals" and shows Hana Mae Lee, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Brittany Snow and Kelley Jakle. Missing from the photo is Anna Kendrick, however, rest assured that she is set to reprise her role as Beca for the aca-sequel.
The snapshot seems like an noticeable nod to the original film's poster...
And it's a great reminder that there are more laughs and songs to come for these characters. Details about the plot of the followup on vague, however Vulture says that Pitch Perfect 2 will follow Beca and Fat Amy through their university graduation.
The original film starred Anna Kendrick as Beca, a reluctant college student and aspiring DJ who signs on with the Bellas, a struggling but determined all-female a cappella group on campus. Wilson's "Fat Amy" is also new to the group. While Beca brings a strong appreciation for music, not to mention a strong voice, Amy's casual candidness offering some of the funnier moments from the original film, which delivered a great blend of humor and music.
Elizabeth Banks produced the original film and played the a cappella competition commentator Gail. She's listed as "rumored" to reprise that hilarious role. In the meantime, she's going to return as director this time around. As for the rest of the cast, we're still waiting to hear confirmation on the status of some of the other singers, Anna Camp included. If Beca and Amy are graduating, then it's likely that Camp's uptight Aubrey Posen would be out of school by then, but that doesn't mean she couldn't return for the film. An then there are the Treblemakers, a rival a cappella singing group at Barden University.
It sounds like Skylar Astin is on board to return to his role as Jesse in Pitch Perfect 2, as E! quotes Astin as saying he received the script. He also knows what songs he'll be singing, though he obviously couldn't discuss those with any specifics.
If rehearsals have begun, hopefully Universal's up for confirming the full cast and a more detailed plot synopsis at some point in the near future. There's also the title to consider. Will it stay with the simple Pitch Perfect 2? Or should we expect some aca-specific subtitle to come? That remains to be seen.
In the meantime, we have plenty of time to wait (and rematch the first film) between now and Pitch Perfect 2's May 15, 2015 release date.