In today’s most aca-awesome news, Variety reports that Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast of the upcoming Pitch Perfect sequel, currently quite simply titled Pitch Perfect 2 (can we really not get a cute subtitle for this one? Pitch Perfect 2: Aca-Bugaloo?).
Although plot details on the film are currently way, way under wraps, we do know that Steinfeld will be joining the Barden Bellas, the ladies-only college a cappella group the first film chronicled so adorably. And how do we know that? Only because the Pitch Perfect Twitter account tweeted the above image after the news hit that Steinfeld was in. She’s a Bella! She will not be playing some sort of evil a cappella nemesis! We are already charmed! (Also of note, that Pitch Perfect Twitter account has been on point with some cool pictures and such as the film kicks into rehearsals, so if you’re a fan of the first film, you might want to give them a follow so you can stay on top of all kinds of cool social media news.)
Even without any revealed plot details, Pitch Perfect 2 is at least shaping up to be one heck of a reunion of the 2013 sleeper hit, which is perhaps the only thing we can really ask for at this point. Elizabeth Banks, who produced the first film and had a fun bit part in it, is making her directorial debut with the feature. And Kay Cannon, who penned the first film, is also back to write this one. And — even better! — stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson are all back for more aca-ventures.
The role is an off-beat one for Steinfeld, who is best known for more dramatic roles, from her recent turn in Ender’s Game to her career-starting role in True Grit. Steinfeld will, however, get a bit lighter in a pair of upcoming films — teen assassin comedy (you read that right) Barely Lethal and John Carney’s very sweet musical Begin Again — both of which will arrive in theaters later this year.
The film is currently in pre-production in New Orleans, so there’s still plenty of time for more exciting casting news (we’re on pins and needles waiting to hear if any of the all-singing, all-dancing, sometimes-rapping dudes from the first film will be back for more), though this Steinfeld news is worth singing about all on its own. Anyone you’d like to see in the next Pitch Perfect film?
Pitch Perfect 2 will hit theaters on May 15, 2015.
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