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It is an a cappella dream come true for Pitch Perfect fans. The singing group Pentatonix has just been cast in the Pitch Perfect sequel, due in theaters in 2015.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news that the five-member group will be performing in the film as a rival show choir to the Barden Bellas, the all-female group which won the national championship at the end of the first film.
Pentatonix rose to fame following its win of the NBC show The Sing-Off and have gone on to produce albums and special music videos on YouTube.
The band spent only one day on set in Louisiana, where they mixed their song into their own “sound,” despite the members playing characters and not themselves. Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, and Kevin Olusola spent 12 hours getting the full treatment with hair, makeup and wardrobe and then filmed their shots and were on their way.
All of this was possible thanks to two people: Deke Sharon, who produced music for both The Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect and a film publicist who had Pentatonix perform at the first movie's premiere in 2012. Fans on Twitter definitely helped as well in the process.
Some of the group's fondest memories may be from having cast members such as Anna Kendrick and Skylar Astin approach them, telling them how they are big fans of the group.
“It’s just crazy to think that Pentatonix has developed this following where celebrities know who we are,” Hoying told EW.
Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.
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