The first "Pitch Perfect 2" trailer clued us in that the Barden Bellas —
It all starts with the Bellas performing for the president and first lady in Washington. While serenading the commander in chief with a rendition of
The ladies are summarily suspended and replaced by their European counterparts, the Sound Machine, but fearless leader Beca (Kendrick) secures a deal in which the Bellas will be reinstated if they win at the worlds.
That will require them to go through their black-clad, trash-talking Teutonic rivals with such songs as Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)" and A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario."
Like the Bellas themselves, "Pitch Perfect 2" will be looking to build on a previous underdog triumph. The first film grossed more than $115 million worldwide on a modest $17-million budget and became a hit on home video.
The second installment represents the feature directing debut of
Universal Pictures will release the film May 15.