Now that Universal Pictures brought on Step Up 5 director Trish Sie to replace Elizabeth Banks at the helm of Pitch Perfect 3, the studio is focusing on casting once again. Ruby Rose, who appears in a number of upcoming sequels such as XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (January 20, 2017), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (January 27, 2017, and John Wick: Chapter 2 (February 10, 2017), is in talks to star in this musical sequel. No details have been given for her character yet, but she will be the first new addition to the cast, if her deal is finalized.
Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick (Beca), Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy) and Brittany Snow (Chloe} are all set to return for the sequel, along with Hailee Steinfeld. When Hailee Steinfeld first joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, it was reported that she signed a multi-movie deal, which may include Pitch Perfect 3 and two more follow-ups. While Elizabeth Banks will not be directing Pitch Perfect 3, she is staying aboard to portray Gail, while also serving as a producer. Universal hasn’t announced when production may begin yet.
Kay Cannon, who wrote Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, wrote the screenplay for this musical sequel, although Variety reports that Mike White (School of Rock and Dana Fox), who wrote How to Be Single starring Rebel Wilson, wrote subsequent drafts of the sequel’s script as well. No story details have been revealed at this time, and it isn’t known if other franchise stars such as Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Skylar Astin or Adam DeVine will reprise their roles.
Back in May, Universal pushed the sequel’s release date by five months, from July 21, 2017, to the holiday frame of December 22, 2017, which has become quite the crowded weekend. The sequel will open against Sony’s Jumanji sequel starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Paramount’s Downsizing starring Matt Damon and Alec Baldwin, The Weinstein Company’s The Six Billion Dollar Man, starring Mark Wahlberg, 20th Century Fox’s animated adventure The Story of Ferdinand and an untitled PG-13 comedy from Warner Bros. All of these movies also open one week after the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII as well.
The original musical, Pitch Perfect, became a surprise hit at the box office, taking in $65 million domestic and $115.7 million worldwide, from just a $17 million budget. The 2015 sequel, which marked Elizabeth Banks‘ directorial debut, took in $184.2 million domestic and $287.5 million worldwide, from a $29 million budget. Ruby Rose had her breakout role as Stella Carlin in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black last year. She recently wrapped production on the shark thriller Meg alongside Jason Statham, which is set for release in March 2018. Hopefully we’ll hear more about Pitch Perfect 3 casting in the near future.