In these dark times, the world could really use a big a cappella fandango featuring ladies in matching sparkly outfits. Thankfully, this year will bring Pitch Perfect 3. The third installment in Universal’s huge musical franchise will once again feature the underdogs-turned-winners-turned-underdogs-turned-winners singing group the Barden Bellas. Here’s what else we know about the third Perfect movie:
The first trailer for Pitch Perfect 3, which premiered at VidCon in June, lays out what’s next for the Barden Bellas. Having gone their separate ways post-college, the gang gets back together to make music with their mouths once again, this time on an overseas USO tour.
From the looks of the footage and a recently-released poster, this could be the group’s last hurrah. The poster features the tagline “Last call, Pitches,” while the trailer’s end card describes the film as a “farewell tour.”
Pitch Perfect 3 is slated to hit theaters on Dec. 22, 2017.
The cast headed down to Atlanta for rehearsals, production, and roller-skating as seen in Anna Kendrick’s and Brittany Snow’s Instagram posts. Pitch Perfect 3 wrapped in April, and cast members shared photos from the set on social media throughout filming.
The core Bellas will all be back, including Kendrick, Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Hana Mae Lee, and Hailee Steinfeld. Elizabeth Banks, who produced the first film and directed the sequel, will return on-screen as a cappella commentator Gail but handed directing duties off to Trish Sie (Step Up: All In). John Michael Higgins, who plays fellow commentator John Smith, has also said he’ll return.
But we won’t see some of the male faces from Perfect films past, most notably Skylar Astin and Ben Platt, who both played members of the Treblemakers. Astin tweeted that the group won’t be featured in the latest film.
Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose is among the franchise’s newcomers (the trailer introduces her as Calamity, the leader of a rival group to the Bellas). Meanwhile, Prince protégé Andy Allo will play Charity, another member of that group. Soooo, clearly the Bellas will see themselves with some new competition in Perfect 3. In February, it also emerged that John Lithgow joined the cast in an unspecified role, as has Timeless star Matt Lanter.