'Pitch Perfect 3': Everything to know about the third musical movie

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Moviegoers were still singing the tunes from Pitch Perfect 2 when Universal and Golden Circle announced Pitch Perfect 3 last summer.

Given the sequel's massive box-office success, it's little surprise that the studio behind the film waited only a month after Pitch 2's release to line up the next installment in its a cappella franchise.

With Pitch 2 still in theaters, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that screenwriter Kay Cannon and stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson were already on board for a Pitch 3, and Kendrick took to social media to officially announce the news quickly thereafter. It didn't take long before news trickled out that Elizabeth Banks would return to the director's chair, followed by confirmations that newcomer Hailee Steinfeld and alum Brittany Snow would also be back. But that's where details on Barden Bellas 3.0 stopped.

With only those high notes to grab on to, is Pitch 3 going to be aca-awesome?

It's too early to tell, but The Hollywood Reporter has compiled all of the available information on the film (so far) into a helpful cheat sheet below for fans to stay updated. Keep checking back for news.

PITCH PERFECT 3 CHEAT SHEET:

WHO

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Anna Kendrick: Plays Beca Mitchell, one of the leaders of the Barden Bellas. The actress confirmed the news with a simple caption of: "Happening #3" (see above).

Rebel Wilson: Plays Barden Bella Fat Amy. In November, Wilson officially broke the news on Ellen, saying they will start to film "next year."

Brittany Snow: Plays Barden Bella and three-time super senior Chloe Beale.

Hailee Steinfeld: Plays Emily Junk, who joined the Bellas as a freshman in Pitch Perfect 2.

Elizabeth Banks: The actress-filmmaker, who has appeared in both films as commentator Gail Abernathy-McKadden, will return to the director's chair for the third installment. Banks, who made her directorial debut with the second film and co-produced the first, will be producing along with her husband, Max Handelman, and Gold Circle's Paul Brooks.

Kay Cannon: The screenwriter penned the first two installments and will be returning to write the third script.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Actress Anna Camp attends the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Season 2 world premiere at SVA Theatre on March 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Bride-to-be Anna Camp was all smiles while using Crest Whitestrips during her wedding makeup trial with makeup artist and friend Jenn Streicher.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Actress Anna Camp (L) and Skylar Astin attend the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Season 2 World Premiere at SVA Theatre on March 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Anna Camp attends the 'Creative Control' New York Premiere at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on March 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 12: Anna Camp attends the Chaz Dean holiday party 2015 benefiting Love Is Louder on December 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Love Is Louder)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actress Anna Camp attends the GQ 20th Anniversary Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Anna Camp attends National Geographic Channel's Saints & Strangers Pub 1620 Opening Event at Flatiron Hall on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for National Geographic Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Anna Camp on the set of her live interview with amazon and IMDb on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Amazon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Anna Camp speaks during the National Geographic Channel celebrates the premiere of the miniseries event Saints & Strangers (airing Nov. 22 & 23) with a Thanksgiving lunch at NoMad Hotel Rooftop on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for National Geographic Channels)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Vincent Kartheiser (L) and actress Anna Camp arrive at the premiere of National Geographic Channel's 'Saints And Strangers' at the Saban Theatre on November 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Anna Camp attends Self-Portrait 'Welcome To LA' Dinner at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Self-Portrait)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Anna Camp and Jane Krakowski are seen on the set of 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' on September 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Anna Camp and Ellie Kemper are seen on the set of Tina Fey's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' on August 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 20: Actress Anna Camp arrives at the 6th Annual ELLE Women In Music Celebration Presented by eBay at Boulevard3 on May 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 20: Actors Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp attend the 6th annual ELLE Women In Music celebration presented By eBay. Hosted by Robbie Myers with performances by Alanis Morissette, Banks and Tinashe at Boulevard3 on May 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ELLE)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Actors Anna Camp (L) and Skylar Astin attend the 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at NYU Skirball Center on May 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Actress Anna Camp arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Pitch Perfect 2' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Actress Anna Camp arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect 2' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Much of the ensemble cast is still to be determined, including the remaining Bellas and Wilson's love interest, played by Adam DeVine. Anna Camp, whose character Aubrey Posen graduated but appeared in Pitch Perfect 2, and her real-life fiance Skylar Astin (who plays Kendrick's love interest in the film, Jesse Swanson) have also yet to sign on. But as of April, Astin said he is simply waiting for the call. "When the time comes and when it's time to pick up the phone, I know they will and they know that I'll answer," he has said. "We're pretty Zen about it."

WHAT

Plot details surrounding the third film are being kept under wraps, likely because they are still being developed. Several of the castmembers yet to sign on have spoken out about how they are waiting for a phone call to return once the details are indeed locked and loaded.

"This process is such a long one and I've been through it before between the first and second movies," Astin also recently said. "If the script was written and they knew what my role was completely and they were deciding to not let me in on it, that would be strange. But I know that's it's so in flux on a daily basis that they probably want to keep us out of it for our own best interest, and we really understand that."

With three years lapsing onscreen between the first two films, Beca, Fat Amy and three-time super senior Chloe were all presumably in their last year of college in the sequel, with Steinfeld's Emily coming in as the lone freshman Bella. Until more details are released, it's unclear what roles the graduates will have when they return and whether or not Steinfeld will get star billing.

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Actress Anna Kendrick attends the "Cake" premiere at The Elgin Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Anna Kendrick attends the press conference for "Cake" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Anna Kendrick attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Washington. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Anna Kendrick arrives at Backstage At The Geffen Gala on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
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Anna Kendrick arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
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Anna Kendrick arrives at the Delta Airlines kick Off Grammy Weekend with a Private Performance, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP)
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Anna Kendrick attends Art of Elysium's "Heaven" on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP)
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Cast member Anna Kendrick attends the premiere of "Pitch Perfect" at ArcLight Cinemas on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Cast member Anna Kendrick attends the premiere of "Pitch Perfect" at ArcLight Cinemas on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Anna Kendrick attends the 19th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration in Los Angels on Monday Oct. 15, 2012. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
From left, actress Rebel Wilson, actress Anna Kendrick, screenwriter Kay Cannon, and actress Brittany Snow, from the film "Pitch Perfect", pose for a portrait at The London Hotel on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Anna Kendrick attends the world premiere of "Paranorman" at Universal CityWalk Cinemas on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
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Anna Kendrick arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Anna Kendrick attends the Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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WHERE

Since both movies were filmed on and around Louisiana State University's campus in Baton Rouge, it seems safe to assume that the franchise will return to its shooting stomping grounds if the plot brings the gang back to Barden University.

WHEN

Though at first pushed back to Aug. 4, 2017, Pitch Perfect 3 is now returning to its original date and set to hit theaters a month earlier on July 21, 2017.

The Universal Pictures film will open opposite Christopher Nolan's WWII drama -; and potential Harry Styles starrer -; Dunkirk and the comic book adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

WHY

Though the cost of bringing back Kendrick and Wilson could not have come cheap (options weren't in place for the pair, who earned $2 million each for Pitch 2), sources also told THR that Universal and Golden Circle were eyeing a franchise when they locked in Steinfeld.

While the sequel wasn't as well received by critics (the first film maintains an 80 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, whereas the follow-up has a 66 percent rating on the Tomatometer), the reviews didn't hurt the franchise's box-office success the second time around.

To date, the musical franchise has a global gross of $402 million, including 2012's Pitch Perfect and 2015's Pitch Perfect 2.

The original film was a sleeper hit, grossing $115 million on a $17 million budget. The second, which is the highest-grossing musical comedy film ever, raked in $287 million on a $29 million budget.

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