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Friday 26 December 2014

Banks feels Pitch Perfect pressure

Elizabeth Banks is directing Pitch Perfect 2
Elizabeth Banks is directing Pitch Perfect 2

Elizabeth Banks has revealed there's "a lot of responsibility" when it comes to directing Pitch Perfect 2.

The Hunger Games star admitted to feeling under pressure as she prepares to make her directorial debut on the upcoming musical sequel. She will also reprise her role as commentator Gail Abernathy-McKadden.

"Especially because people love the first movie so much, I definitely feel a lot of responsibility to the fans, to my fellow actors, and I mean, shouldering it every day," she told NBC's Today Show.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow will all reprise their roles in the second film, alongside newcomers Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit and Katey Sagal.

Elizabeth, who previously produced the first film, also teased about the storyline in the follow-up.

"The Bellas have a new main rival this time around, and I will not say who they are. They've gotten too big for their britches, possibly literally. And they've sort of forgotten about the music a little bit," she explained.

The cast revealed that they spent four weeks rehearsing together at the Bellas boot camp.

Rebel also joked about doing some daring moves in the sequel.

"We are actually doing all of our own stunts in the movie," she said. "There are a few that I can't go into because they will spoil it, but that bit when [Anna is] dangling from the helicopter, that bit when [Hailee is] with the shark - that really is her."

Pitch Perfect 2 will be released in May 2015.

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