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Monday 1 September 2014

Banks nervous over Pitch Perfect 2

Elizabeth Banks will make her directing debut with Pitch Perfect 2

Elizabeth Banks has revealed she is slightly apprehensive about making her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2.

The Hunger Games actress, who co-starred in and produced the first film, is set to take the reins on the sequel, after previously directing comedic shorts.

"Of course. I'd be a robot if I wasn't nervous," she told Access Hollywood.

"This is a great movie, Pitch Perfect, and I really feel a big responsibility to the fans to deliver another really fun, outstanding, joyful movie."

Elizabeth - who will next be heard in The Lego Movie as the voice of female fighter Wyldstyle - said they are working on the story to the follow-up, which will again be written by Kay Cannon.

"We're hard at work, working on everything right now. We're coming out in a year!" the 39-year-old continued.

"I'm just really excited to be involved as a director on a project that I hold very close to my heart and really love. I think the first film captured so much fun and joy, with amazing characters, and we're just going to try to build on that the second time around."

Pitch Perfect centred on a first-year university student (played by Anna Kendrick), who reluctantly decides to join a college a cappella group, seeing them become a success through to the finals of a nationwide singing competition.

The 2012 musical comedy, based on Mickey Rapkin's book, was a box office hit, grossing more than 115 million US dollars (over £69 million) worldwide. The soundtrack was also a success, and Anna's performance of Cups became a huge hit.

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