The Barden Bellas are back — ready to wreak harmonious havoc on any and all a cappella challengers in the new trailer for Pitch Perfect 2. While the clip opens with a somber, aching rendition of “Cups” — the breakout track from the first movie — things quickly lighten up thanks to a good ol’ fashioned fart joke.
This time around Anna Kendrick and Co. find themselves competing in the World Championships of A Capella, an Olympic-style competition that no American team has ever won. Along with some trash-talking Germans who speak eight languages (but not “Loser”), the trailer is packed with over-the-top song and dance routines, ridiculous matching outfits and plenty of Rebel Wilson, who once again looks set to steal every scene in the movie.
Pitch Perfect 2 is slated for release on May 15th, 2015, and comes highly anticipated after the 2012 original became a sleeper hit. Much of the original cast is returning, as well, including Kendrick, Wilson, Skylar Astin and Elizabeth Banks, who will also be making her feature-length directorial debut.
In a recent interview with ABC News, Banks spoke about directing her first film, and the challenges of following up Pitch Perfect: “It’s a big responsibility, but I was really excited to take it on and try to do it confidently. [The original] was lightning in a bottle and it was such a surprise to see how the movie was received. The whole ‘Cups’ phenomenon was a surprise to all of us. It came from the authenticity of the movie, and this time around we were really aiming to do that again and be pure in our intention to tell more of the story of these characters that people have fallen in love with.”