‘Pitch Perfect II’ filming in BR

If you loved those fresh-faced, feisty and funny kids who came to Baton Rouge to sing their hearts out in “Pitch Perfect,” they’re returning to the capital city this spring to film “Pitch Perfect II.”

“Mayor-President Kip Holden and the Baton Rouge Film Commission are very excited to welcome our friends from Gold Circle Films back to Baton Rouge,” Liza Kelso, executive director of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, said Friday.

“‘Pitch Perfect II’ will be directed by Elizabeth Banks, and principle photography is scheduled to begin on May 27,” Kelso added. “Casting has not yet begun.”

Casting may not have officially begun, but film tracker imdb.com listed fan favorites Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson as expected returnees from the a capella groups who performed many of their musical comedy routines on the LSU campus for “Pitch Perfect,” released in 2012.

The original grossed $113 million worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com.

Executive producers for the sequel are Scott Niemeyer and Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Films and Max Handleman of Brownstone Productions, Kelso said. She said co-producers are Kay Cannon and Jeff Levine.

The first movie was built around a national collegiate competition for a capella groups.

Featured were conflicts between members of one team and their control-freak alpha female, boy-girl disagreements and reconciliations, a loner who wants nothing to do with the competition until agreeing to produce some of the music and happy endings for the heroes.