Pitch Perfect 3 has a new director

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 September 2016
Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Pitch Perfect 3 has hired Trish Sie as its new director, after Elizabeth Banks stepped down from the project

Trish Sie has been confirmed as the new director of 'Pitch Perfect 3' after Elizabeth Banks dropped out.

When the 42-year-old actress stepped out of the director's chair, it elicited a lengthy search to try and find someone to replace her.

Now, it has been confirmed that Trish, director of 'Step Up All In' - the fifth instalment of the dance franchise - will take the helm of the project.

In a tweet posted by Elizabeth, she wrote: "#PitchPerfect has a new leader - so excited @bigbadtrish is directing #PP3! (sic)"

Trish only has one directing credit to her name, although she has helped both choreograph and conceive music videos for the alternative group OK Go, including 'Upside Down Inside Out' and 'Here It Goes Again'.

The need to find a new director comes after the 'Hunger Games' actress dropped out due to parental duties surrounding her two sons Felix, five, and three-year-old Mangus.

Speaking previously, she explained: "My parental responsibilities are the reason why.

"The new schedule butts up against my parental responsibilities in a way I'm not really comfortable with."

However, Elizabeth and her husband Max Handelman will continue to be producers for the franchise, and are still determined to put out the best film they can.

She said: "Development always takes longer than you expect it to. We feel obligated to put out the absolute best next movie; we've been developing our asses off."

Having to find a replacement director has set the film back by almost half a year, with the release date now set for December 2017, as opposed to the original July 2017 release date.

The final instalment of the musical franchise will Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson reprise their roles for one final time, alongside Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld.

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Pitch Perfect 3

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Trish Sie
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, John Lithgow, DJ Khaled, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Ester Dean, Shelley Regner, Kelley Jakle, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks
  • UK release: 20 December 2017

The Bellas are all struggling in the workplace after leaving college, so they get the old gang back together to tour European army bases. It plays out as an entertaining variety show mixed with an action thriller, with enough energy to deliver cheesy and diverting fun.

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