Casting Confirmation – Skylar Astin is Returning as Jesse for “Pitch Perfect 2”

Aca-amazing! Pitch Perfect actor Ben Platt recently tweeted an on-set photo of him and co-star Skylar Astin in Treblemaker costumes! As Entertainment Weekly and Deadline are reporting, this means that Astin is indeed involved in the sequel and his character Jesse will be returning!

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Unfortunately, there are no major plot or character details for the awaited sequel, but we do know a lot about the current cast. Haliee Steinfeld is the newest member of the Barden Bellas and Katey Sagal will be playing her mom. Plus, the majority of the original cast will also be returning including Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, and Alexis Knapp.

Are you excited that Jesse will be returning for the sequel? What do you think this means for the storyline?

Sources:  TwitterEntertainment Weekly and Deadline

Casting News – Katey Sagal Officially Joins “Pitch Perfect 2”

Elizabeth Banks announced on her website this morning that actress Katey Sagal has officially joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2! In the announcement, Banks explains that Sagal will be playing Hailee Steinfeld’s mom.

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(Photo via ElizabethBanks.com)

There are no other character details available yet, but we do know Steinfeld’s character is the newest member of the Barden Bella’s. Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, and Alexis Knapp will be returning to the franchise. Plus, actresses Shelley Regner, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and Kelley Jakle will also be reprising their roles!

What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think Sagal’s character will be the typical “show mom”? Let us know what you think and Stay tuned for more news about this anticipated sequel as production continues!

Sources: ElizabethBanks.com and IMDbPro

Casting News – Adam DeVine to Return for “Pitch Perfect 2”

Production on Pitch Perfect 2 is starting to pick up and it was recently announced that Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast for the awaited sequel. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Adam DeVine will be returning as his character Bumper.

Right now there is no confirmation that Bumper’s Treblemakers will also be making a return to challenge the Barden Bellas. However, bringing back this fan-favorite character seems to suggest this might be the case. 

Image Credit: Peter Iovino (via Entertainment Weekly)
Image Credit: Peter Iovino (via Entertainment Weekly)

Elizabeth Banks will direct, produce, and possibly star in the sequel with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow all set to reprise their roles. Pitch Perfect 2 will sing and dance it’s way into theaters on May 15, 2015. Stay tuned for more news as production continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Actress Hailee Steinfeld joins “Pitch Perfect 2”

Aca-awesome! The official Pitch Perfect Facebook page just announced that actress Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast of the much anticipated sequel, Pitch Perfect 2! There are currently no major details about her character, but she will be a new member of the “Barden Bellas.”

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Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow are also set to return as Beca and Chloe. Plus, Elizabeth Banks will be directing and producing the sequel and she is rumoured to also be returning as a cast member.

What do you think of this casting choice? Are you excited to see the sequel when it hits theaters on May 15, 2015? Stay tuned for more details on Pitch Perfect 2 as production and casting continues!

Source: Pitch Perfect Facebook page

Movie Exclusive – Official New Still for “The Last Five Years” Released

Entertainment Weekly recently released a brand new still from the upcoming movie musical adaptation, The Last Five Years. This new still features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan as their characters Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein.

The story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. This musical is extremely unique and complex as Jamie’s story is told in chronological order, starting when they first meet, but Cathy’s story is told in reverse, starting at the end of their marriage.

Behind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

The Last Five Years was written by Jason Robert Brown, has been performed off-Broadway, and has won several awards since it opened in 2001. Richard LaGravenese has been very involved with this adaptation as he is directing, screenwriting, and co-producing the project.

Currently, there is no official release date for the awaited film. However, production has finished and now they will be searching for distributors wanting to buy the film. Stay tuned for more updated information!

What do you think of this new still? Have you seen The Last Five Years performed on stage? Are you looking forward to this movie musical adaptation? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

TrulyLuminary Exclusive – Movies to Look Forward to in 2014

Although 2013 has been an amazing year for the world of movies, 2014 is promising to be yet another amazing year. Here is a list of the films that we are looking forward to here at TrulyLuminary:

1) Her

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Spike Jonze

Release Date: Friday, January 10th

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2) August: Osage County

Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, Dermot Mulroney

Director: John Wells

Release Date: Friday, January 10th

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3) Gimme Shelter 

Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd, Dascha Polanco

Director: Ron Krauss

Release Date: Friday, January 24th

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4) That Awkward Moment

Cast: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Director: Tom Gormican

Release Date: Friday, January 31st

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5) The Lego Movie

Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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6) The Monuments Men 

Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman

Director: George Clooney

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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7) One Chance

Cast: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper

Director: David Frankel

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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8) Winter’s Tale

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo, Mckayla Twiggs

Director: Akiva Goldsman

Release Date: Friday, February 14th

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9) Pompeii

Cast: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Release Date: Friday, February 21st

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10) The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Finnes, Lea Seydoux, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wilkinson

Director: Wes Anderson

Release Date: Friday, March 7th

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11) Divergent

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet

Director: Neil Burger

Release Date: Friday, March 21st

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12) Noah

Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: Friday, March 28th

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13) Neighbors

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Release Date: Friday, May 9th

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14) Godzilla

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, David Strathaim, Victor Rasuk, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones

Director: Gareth Edwards

Released Date: Friday, May 16th

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15) X-Men: Days of Future Past 

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

Director: Bryan Singer

Release Date: Friday, May 23rd

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16) Maleficent

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville

Director: Robert Stromberg

Release Date: Friday, May 30th

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17) The Fault in Our Stars

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, Milica Govich, David Whalen

Director: Josh Boone

Release Date: Friday, June 6th

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18) How to Train Your Dragon 2

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig

Director: Dean DeBlois

Release Date: Friday, June 13th

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19) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 

Cast: Gary Oldman, Angela Kerecz, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kevin Rankin

Director: Matt Reeves

Release Date: Friday, July 11th

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20) The Giver

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay

Director: Philip Noyce

Release Date: Friday, August 15th

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21) The Maze Runner

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Aml Ameen, Jacob Latimore, Ki Hong Lee, Don McManus, Chris Sheffield, Blake Cooper, Joe Adler, Dexter Darden

Director: Wes Ball

Release Date: Friday, September 19th

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22) The Boxtrolls

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg

Directors: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable

Release Date: Friday, September 26th

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23) Gone Girl

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Missi Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Casey Wilson, Patrick Fugit

Director: David Fincher

Release Date: Friday, October 3rd

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24) Interstellar 

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, David Oyelowo

Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: Friday, November 7th

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25) Fury

Cast: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Michael Pena, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel, Brad William Henke, Jim Parrack

Director: David Ayer

Release Date: Wednesday, November 12th

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26) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Lily Rabe, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Knepper, Stef Dawson, Elden Henson, Evan Ross, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, Patina Miller

Director: Francis Lawrence

Release Date: Friday, November 21st

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27) Exodus

Cast: Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, John Tuturro, Indira Vama, Maria Valverde, Emun Elliott

Director: Ridley Scott

Release Date: Friday, December 12th

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28) Annie 

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas

Director: Will Gluck

Release Date: Friday, December 19th

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29) The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Luke Evans, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Nesbitt

Director: Peter Jackson

Release Date: Wednesday, December 17th

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30) Into the Woods

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Billy Magnussen, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone

Director: Rob Marshall

Release Date: Thursday, December 25th

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Are you looking forward to any of the movies on this list? Are there any movies that aren’t on this list that you want to see? Do you think 2014 will be a strong year for movies?