Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bellas Are Back! Pitch Perfect 2's

REBECCA MACATEE/E!/Entertainment Weekly

Whoever said orange is the new pink wasn't seriously disturbed: They just hadn't seen Anna Kendrick in a tangerine dress and matching feather boa!

The Pitch Perfect 2 star is wearing—and working!—exactly that alongside co-starsBrittany Snow and Rebel Wilson on Entertainment Weekly's newest cover, which hits stands Friday.

Inside the mag, first-time director Elizabeth Banks talks about bringing the Barden Bellas back together on-screen, joking, "This is the stupidest idea I've ever had!"

"My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers," she quipped in between takes. "I don't know what I was thinking."

Of course, she's got one heck of a cast on board (Kendrick, Snow, Wilson are returning, and Anna Camp, Skylar Astin and Adam DeVine are reprising their roles as well; talented newbies like Hailee Steinfeld and Katey Sagal are on board for the follow-up film, too). Banks, who had a smaller role in the first film and was also a co-producer, knows that now that she's the director, it's on her to deliver to a hard-core fan base with some high expectations.

The first film, which grossed $65 million in the U.S., was a "pretty modest" financial success, said Banks. "But it engendered a lot of love," she noted. "That's what we could not have foreseen." But while the 2012 movie "flew under the radar" something Banks said "was a gift"—she realizes with the sequel, there are "much higher stakes."

"Everybody is much more involved," she told Entertainment Weekly. "As the saying goes, ‘Success has many fathers.'"

Not to worry: Banks is fully invested in the Pitch Perfect sequel. "The whole project speaks so much to me and to women and to making women funny in really fun and interesting ways, and that's what I'm most looking forward to," she said in an interview with The Huffington Post. "I'm looking forward to letting the girls let loose."

Pitch Perfect 2 hits theaters May 15, 2015.

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