Elizabeth Banks Talks Pitch Perfect 2: It’s About “Graduating and Going Out Into The Big Bad World”
From the moment Pitch Perfect 2 was first announced, we were dying to see it — but, of course, it won’t be released until next spring. That’s a really, really long wait, but it’ll be worth it, right? And fortunately for us, Elizabeth Banks was willing to spare us a few details about the sequel that we hope will be just as epic as the first movie.
Elizabeth isn’t just reprising her role as a sassy judge, either. She’s also directing and producing. That’s a lot to take on, but it just means the project has become even more special to her. So what can we expect to see from the Barden Bellas this time around?
“There are some really fun characters in this movie,” Elizabeth told E! Online. “One of the themes of the film is graduating and going out into the big bad world, so we definitely brought in some grown-ups that the girls would encounter in their adult lives, and that was a lot of fun, to sort of figure out how to talk about what it is to leave this wonderful experience of college and your friends and go out into the world on your own again … that transition in people’s lives.”
And although the first film obviously celebrated great success, Elizabeth’s keeping her expectations low for the sequel. The most important thing to her is having fun inside the world they’ve created.
“I think it was lightning in a bottle,” Elizabeth said of the first movie. “Our expectation is not to replicate that, we just want to make a really authentic original movie with a really fun story about characters that people already love. And if, like in the first film, something gets taken away from it, then wonderful, but we’re not setting out to do that.”