Many of 2015’s big theatrical releases have aired special Super Bowl trailers. Terminator: Genisys released an action-packed TV spot, Jurassic World offered a first look at its new dinosaur, Tomorrowland presented more footage of the titular world, and Furious 7 featured Vin Diesel and a flying car.
So how does Pitch Perfect 2 compete with this year’s blockbusters? By using Team USA’s secret weapon - an Australian, ironically - and an extended look at the film’s invite-only riff-off (we hope you remember the password).
In the Pitch Perfect 2 Super Bowl trailer (above), Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy warns the Barden Bellas that “there’s going to be some haters out there.” However, even Fat Amy may be hard-pressed to find haters of this film followup to 2012’s Pitch Perfect. Though the official plot of the sequel hasn’t been released, we do know it will follow the Bellas as they go through their senior year of college.
Many stars of Pitch Perfect have returned for the sequel in addition to Wilson: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Hana Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, and Adam Devine. They’ll be joined by some newcomers as they pass the a cappella torch. Additionally, Elizabeth Banks, who appeared in and produced the first film, will be making her directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2.
Keeping in line with Pitch Perfect, the sequel seems to be including many elements that worked in the first film. This Pitch Perfect 2 trailer offers an extended look at the new riff-off, which includes some Carrie Underwood and Destiny’s Child for good measure. Additionally, the trailer prominently features Wilson’s Fat Amy, a fan favorite character from Pitch Perfect.
Of course, for those who didn’t enjoy the first movie, the Pitch Perfect 2 Super Bowl trailer likely won’t provide any incentive to revisit the original as it offers much of the same. But, this trailer seems to be aimed more toward those who are already fans of the series and it’s successful in reminding those fans why they loved Pitch Perfect in the first place.
Pitch Perfect 2 will hit theaters May 15th, 2015.