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What better way to celebrate Independence Day and simultaneously remember that there's a Pitch Perfect sequel in the works than to watch two Pitch Perfect 2 stars sing a few lines from "America the Beautiful" a cappella-style? Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks was kind enough to drop the above video on her Facebook page today to wish us a happy (early) 4th of July from the set of the Pitch Perfect followup.
The video (via EW) features Pitch Perfect stars Skylar Astin and Ben Platt, who play college roomies Jesse and Benji in Pitch Perfect.
Those who remember the first film well enough know that Skylar Astin's character Jesse was welcomed with open (more or less) arms by the all-male college a cappella group The Treblemakers, while Benji was left off the roster after tryouts, leaving us to imagine him spending the duration of the semester doing magic tricks in his room. That was -- spoiler alert -- until Jesse brought him in to fill the vacancy left by Adam DeVine's character Bumper. Benji had his moment to shine during the Treblemaker's finale-medley...
What will Benji and Jesse be up to in the sequel? Does Benji still have the magic in him? More importantly, are things still happening for Jesse and Anna Kendrick's Beca? These are just some of the answers Pitch Perfect fans are eager to know as the film approaches. At this point, while we know that Universal plans on getting Pitch Perfect 2 into theaters next May, and much of the cast of the original film is confirmed to return, we're still waiting for updates on the plot of the film. As present, the only thing we've heard about the premise is that Beca (Kendrick) and Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) are in their senior year at Barden University, the college setting of the first film. This patriotic video is a fun way to remind us that the film is coming and more great a cappella music!
Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who's also producing, Pitch Perfect 2 will feature returners Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Ester Dean, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt and Adam DeVine. Also among the cast of the sequel are Katey Sagal and Hailee Steinfeld.