Beca, Fat Amy and the rest of the Bellas are back to aca-kick some butt!
The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, the anticipated sequel to the hit 2012 musical film about a college a cappella group, was released on Thursday. The movie stars returning cast members Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Adam Devine and Alexis Knapp as well as franchise newcomers Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma on Sons of Anarchy and is also a singer, and True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld. The latter two play mother and daughter.
Elizabeth Banks reprises her role as competition commentator Gail Abernathy-McKadden and also serves as the director. Also, Clay Matthews, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, and former NFL player Jordan Rodgers make cameos.
"WE'RE BACK PITCHES #PitchPerfect2," Wilson said on her Twitter page.
The trailer shows Kendrick's character...getting her nose licked and singing her hit single "Cups," which was featured in the first film, with the rest of the Bellas while sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows. They are also seen getting into a pillow fight and partying. Also, things continue to heat up between Fat Amy and Devine's character, Bumper Allen, star of rival a cappella group the Treblemakers.
But with pleasure there's also business: The Bellas and their rivals are gearing up for some serious competition and this time, it's bigger than ever. The Bellas are set to perform in the a cappella world championships, going up not only against old foes the Treblemakers, but also against fierce, disciplined, multilingual...and particularly beefy-looking singers from overseas.
"No American team has ever won," says Banks' character.
"That's because they hate us," says her co-commentator John Smith, played by John Michael Higgins, another returning cast member.
"The whole world!" she continues.
"The whole world hates us!" Smith replies, chucking.
Oh yeah. And don't forget about the fart jokes.
Camp, Snow and Steinfeld appeared on the Today show on Thursday to talk about the film.
"Getting off a plane and walking into this world that was already established...was very intimidating but they were very welcoming and very supportive and I can't, I can't express how excited I am to be a part of it," Steinfeld said.
Watch the interview below (at one point, both Camp and Al Roker put on Scottish accents).
Pitch Perfect 2 is set for release on May 15, 2015.