Elizabeth Banks Directing Pitch Perfect 2. Elizabeth Banks being chosen answers the question of who will direct the sequel to Pitch Perfect. Along with her directorial duties, she will once again be starring and producing the film as well.
Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley on Elizabeth Banks’ hiring as director:
“Elizabeth originated the idea for Pitch Perfect and was instrumental in making the first film such a huge success. She brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on and we’re thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2.”
On the other people behind the scenes of Pitch Perfect 2:
Kay Cannon, who wrote Perfect adapting the book by Mickey Rapkin, is writing Perfect 2.
Paul Brooks will produce for Gold Circle Films alongside Banks and Max Handelman via their Brownstone Productions shingle.
Gold Circle’s Scott Niemeyer will executive produce. Cannon is co-producing with Gold Circle’s Jeff Levine.
On Elizabeth Banks’ acting career:
She made her acting debut in the 1998 independent film Surrender Dorothy, as Elizabeth Casey, appeared in various films over the next seven years before gaining more prominent widespread exposure through the 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
In August 2005, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Banks starred in William Inge’s Bus Stop as Cherie, the sexy, blonde, aspiring nightclub singer.Jeffrey Borak wrote that Banks’ portrayal was acted “with poise, clarity and a shrewd feel for Cherie’s complexities. Her performance is all of a piece and in harmony, stylistically, with the performances around her….” In 2005, she appeared on the series Stella, and in May 2006, she had a role in the season five finale of the NBC sitcom Scrubs as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. (Zach Braff). The character appeared throughout seasons six, seven and eight as a recurring guest star.
In 2006, Banks appeared in the American football drama film Invincible, in which she played Mark Wahlberg’s love interest. Later, she and co-star Wahlberg were nominated for the “Best Kiss” award at the MTV Movie Award. Also that year, she landed the starring role in the comedy-horror film Slither.
In 2007, she played the female lead in the comedy film Meet Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. Also that year, Banks had a small role in the Christmas comedy film Fred Claus, co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In 2008, she played a love interest in the comedy film Definitely, Maybe, alongside Isla Fisher and Ryan Reynolds, starred with Seth Rogen as the eponymous female lead in the Kevin Smith comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and played United States First Lady Laura Bush in W., Oliver Stone’s biopic of George W. Bush.
In 2009, Banks appeared in the thriller The Uninvited, a remake of the Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters. The film was about an intrusive stepmother who makes life miserable for the teen daughters of her new husband. Banks based her character, Rachel, on Rebecca De Mornay’s character in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle“. “It was very important to me that every line reading I gave could be interpreted two ways,” says Banks of her role, “So that when you go back through the movie you can see that”.
Banks is a frequent co-star of actor Paul Rudd, the two having appeared in five films together to date (Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models and Our Idiot Brother).
Banks was cast as a love interest for Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in the fourth season of the Emmy Award–winning sitcom 30 Rock. Intended to appear in four episodes in 2010, Banks went on to become a recurring character with thirteen appearances by the end of the fifth season, including her marriage in the episode Mrs. Donaghy. Her performance in season five earned her a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Banks appeared in the movie The Hunger Games, playing Effie Trinket, a woman from “The Capitol” who escorts the District 12 tributes to the Hunger Games. She continues in the role in the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In a February 2013 episode, Banks reprised her role as Sal on Modern Family.
Banks will portray Melinda Ledbetter Wilson, current wife of Brian Wilson in the upcoming biopic, Love and Mercy, which is based on the legendary musician and founding member of the Beach Boys.
The only other confirmed cast member in Pitch Perfect 2 is Rebel Wilson.
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