Danish actress Birgitte Hjort Sørensen has joined Pitch Perfect 2, the a cappella singing sequel Elizabeth Banks is directing for Universal and Gold Circle Films. Sørensen can be seen on Danish TV in the political drama Borgen and starred in the title role in Bille August’s art biopic Marie Krøyer. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, and Adam DeVine have returned for the sequel about collegiate competitive crooners. I hear Sørensen will play a member of a competing a cappella group alongside recently cast German YouTube star Flula Borg. Maybe they’ll bring it with a new international rivalry for Pitch Perfect‘s Bellas? Sørensen is coming off of a stage run opposite Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus and stars with Antonio Banderas this fall in Autómata. She’s repped by Paradigm, Untitled, Curtis Brown and Lindberg Management. Universal will release Pitch Perfect 2 on May 15.
India Eisley (Underworld, Kite) has joined the cast of indie thriller Sitter-Cam, about a scheming nanny, hired to look after a 5-year-old, who is spied on by her employers via hidden cameras. Ravenswood‘s Laura Allen, Cam Gigandet of The Twilight Saga, and newcomer Farrah Mackenzie also star in the film. It’s the directorial debut of helmer Nancy Leopardi, who’s currently in production in L.A. Project is said to have a sinister tone a la juicy ’90s domestic thrillers The Crush and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Now that Pitch Perfect 2 has its original stars back, director Elizabeth Banks is adding some new aca-flavor to her cast. German DJ, comedian, musician, actor, hype-man, host, and YouTube personality Flula Borg is the latest to join the Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films musical sequel about college a cappella singers vying for competitive crooning kudos.
The Bavarian-born LA transplant has amassed over 45M views on his YouTube channel and appeared on Spike’s Auction Hunters, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Current TV. Character details are being kept under wraps but I hear he’ll be playing a member of a competing a cappella group opposite returning Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Skyler Astin. As with other YouTubers trying to make the leap from digital fame to other platforms, it could be a springboard for Borg’s budding acting career. Workaholics sketch performer Adam DeVine, who’s also back for the sequel, had a breakout turn in the first film playing the over-the-top captain of a rival a cappella squad. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Another key star from Universal’s 2012 hit Pitch Perfect is warming up his vocal chords for the sequel. Skylar Astin will be reprising his role of Jesse, the fellow competitive a cappella singer Anna Kendrick‘s Beca fell for in the original. Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Adam DeVine are back for Pitch Perfect 2, for producer Elizabeth Banks, who is making her directorial debut. Katey Sagal and Hailee Steinfeld also will star in the pic, which Uni has dated for May 15, 2015. Astin got his start originating the role of Georg in the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening alongside fellow breakout stars Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, and John Gallagher Jr. Prior to Pitch Perfect Astin starred in and flexed his singing chops in 2008′s Hamlet 2 for Focus Features. Post-Pitch Perfect, he has focused on comedies including Relativity’s 21 & Over, Well Go’s indie bachelor comedy Cavemen, and the upcoming Flock Of Dudes with Chris D’Elia, Hannah Simone, and Hilary Duff. Read More »
The Golden Globe-winning Sons Of Anarchy star is the latest to join Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films’ musical sequel Pitch Perfect 2, which Pitch Perfect producer Elizabeth Banks is helming in her directorial debut. Banks welcomed Katey Sagal to the cast in a tweet today. Sagal, who stars as the ruthless Gemma Teller Morrow on FX’s biker drama, will play the mother of new cast member Hailee Steinfeld‘s character in the sequel, which returns original pic stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Adam DeVine. Sagal has the pipes to warble with the Pitch Perfect kids — she’s currently on tour with her band promoting her latest album. The actress also is featured on NBC’s new series A To Z and returns for Sons Of Anarchy‘s seventh and final season in the fall. Filming on Pitch Perfect 2 — written by Kay Cannon, who penned the original — begins this month ahead of a May 15, 2015, release. Sagal is repped by WME, manager Belle L. Zwerdling of B and B Management and Mann, Gelon, Glodney & Augenstein Inc. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After stealing scenes in 2012′s a cappella comedy hit Pitch Perfect, comedian and actor Adam DeVine is returning for the upcoming sequel from Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films. The Workaholics star/co-creator gave Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson‘s Bellas some stiff competition in the first film as Bumper Allen, leader of the all-male campus singing champions The Treblemakers. Kendrick, Wilson, and Brittany Snow already are signed for Pitch Perfect 2, which marks the feature directing debut of Elizabeth Banks, who conceived of adapting Mickey Rapkin’s nonfic book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory and produced the first film. It went on to a $113M global box office take and yielded the best-selling soundtrack of 2013 including Kendrick’s single “Cups”, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Universal has dated the sequel for a May 15, 2015, summer slot, with filming set to begin this month. Read More »
Chrissie Fit has booked a role in Universal’s sequel Pitch Perfect 2, playing a new member of the Barden Bellas. Many of the original cast members are returning, but plot details are being kept under wraps for director Elizabeth Banks’ film, which is shooting in Baton Rouge, LA. Fit’s credits include Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie and Win, Lose Or Draw, along with the feature Filly Brown and a recurring role on General Hospital. She is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Intellectual Artists Management.
Shohreh Aghdashloo has been tapped to narrate the documentary Alam High School. Director Saman Yaghmai-Aledavoud’s film is about an elite, experimental co-ed school established in the conservative Iranian city in 1969, where students were taught in English by young American members of the Peace Corps and Iranian college professors. Ten years later, it became a detention center for political dissidents. Aghdashloo, who won an Emmy for House Of Saddam and earned an Oscar nom for House Of Sand And Fog, next appears in The Last Knights and Rosewater. She is repped by CAA and Roundtable Entertainment and in the UK by Ken McReddie. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has just signed a deal for Pitch Perfect co-star Brittany Snow to rejoin Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson for the sequel. Elizabeth Banks is set to direct Pitch Perfect 2, from Universal and Gold Circle. A May 15, 2015, release is set. Kay Cannon is back writing the sequel, and Paul Brooks is producing with Banks and Max Handelman. Universal’s Peter Cramer is overseeing. Snow, repped by ICM Partners and Magnolia Entertainment, is set as the female lead opposite Jack Whitehall in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot An American Education, based on a BBC Three series.
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Universal Pictures announced release dates for a slew of movies today. Among them: The Baltasar Kormakur-directed 3D adventure Everest is set for February 27, 2015, and Legendary Pictures’ haunted house pic Crimson Peak, from helmer Guillermo del Toro, is due October 16, 2015. Everest, Working Title’s mountain-climbing disaster pic backed by Cross Creek and Walden Media, is set to go up against Focus Features’ Ryan Reynolds sci-fi thriller Selfless. Crimson Peak, which saw Benedict Cumberbatch exit the lead role and be replaced by Thor baddie Tom Hiddleston, has the 2015 pre-Halloween weekend to itself for now. As for this year’s trick-or-treat fare, the horror pic Ouija — inspired by the Hasbro board game — will come knocking October 24, battling for screams against Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 5. Also due in 2014 are Legendary’s As Above, So Below (August 15), from director John Erick Dowdle, and the Liam Neeson thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones (September 19). The sequel Pitch Perfect 2, which added Elizabeth Banks as director this week, opens May 15, 2015. The studio also set a new working title for the formerly-a-mouthful Untitled Illumination Entertainment 2016 Project 1. Now a more descriptive and manageable Untitled Pets Project, its date remains February 12, 2016. Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart are making their animated-feature debuts in the 3D pic about what your pets do when you leave the house.
Actress and producer Elizabeth Banks is making her feature directorial debut with Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the 2012 $115M hit about a college student who joins an a capella group. Banks, who’s set to appear in a run of upcoming pics including WB’s The Lego Movie and the YA sequel The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, produced the first Pitch Perfect after shepherding it from Mickey Rapkin’s book to screen. She also turned in a small comedic role playing a singing competition commentator in the first film, which went on to become a breakout hit worldwide and on DVD/VOD with a Billboard-charting soundtrack album. In addition to helming Banks will also produce with Max Handelman for Brownstone Productions alongside Gold Circle Films’ Paul Brooks. Pitch Perfect scribe Kay Cannon (30 Rock, New Girl) is returning to script the sequel and will co-produce with Gold Circle’s Jeff Levine. Scott Niemeyer of Gold Circle will exec produce.