During the opening night event of CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas Monday, actress, producer and newfound director Elizabeth Banks introduced her motion picture directorial debut “Pitch Perfect 2.” Ahead of a screening of the film — which took place at an annual conference put on by the National Association of Theatre Owners — Banks dished about the comedy feature and what fans of the first “Pitch Perfect” film can expect from the sequel.
“I’m so excited to be here,” Banks, 41, who donned a green jumpsuit for the occasion, told spectators at Caesars Palace Monday night. She added that the audience, who was present for the film’s industry premiere, were about to get “pitch-slapped” — a pun on the Universal film's a cappella-themed storyline.
“This is such a warm reception,” she said, revealing her speech was written with purple ink — a downfall to being a “working mother” of two. “I am so thrilled by the support of Universal."
As for what fans of the Anna Kendrick led film can expected when it debuts in U.S. theaters May 15, Banks said it’s more of the same which made the first film in 2012 a success. “The Bellas are back… I think you’re going to like this one,” she said, revealing the obvious spoiler that the girls will once again be “singing with their mouths.”
Filmgoers who were fans of Australian actress Rebel Wilson’s character Fat Amy will also be treated to the same nuisanced performance, Banks shared. “Fat Amy is still Fat Amy,” she dished.
Banks — who encouraged attendees to “stand up and dance” while viewing the film — ended her speech by sharing that she is hopeful the film will be a big success, especially since she is due to receive the Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year award at CinemaCon’s 2015 Big Screen Achievement Awards later this week. “I hope it earns me the directing award ya’ll are giving me on Thursday,” she quipped.
“Pitch Perfect 2” will continue the story of the Barden Bellas as they compete in an international a cappella competition. Actors Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, and Banks will reprise their roles. Oscar nominee and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld also stars.