Rebel Wilson reprises her lovable Fat Amy role in Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series opening in Philippine cinemas on Monday, January 8.
In Pitch Perfect 3, after the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
Director Trish Sie catches us up on where Fat Amy has landed after college graduation: “Fat Amy has her own one-woman show she’s trying to get off Broadway. So she’s off of Times Square with her street performer set-up-complete with hecklers and hot-dog men interrupting her every day.”
Wilson appreciated that the audience gets to learn so much about Fat Amy in this chapter. Always enigmatic, the character reveals more to her fellow Bellas than they ever dreamed possible (or true). “You find out a lot more about Fat Amy in this movie, which is cool,” adds Wilson. “At the start of the film, she is trying to make it on Broadway. She’s put together a little show called Fat Amy Winehouse, which is an amazing and hilarious one-woman show that she’s performing on the street. But she keeps getting contacted by someone very mysterious…”
That mystery is embodied by award-winning actor John Lithgow, who portrays Fergus, Fat Amy’s very sketchy father.
Producer Max Handelman gives us a bit of backstory: “Fat Amy ran away from her gangster father in Australia seven years ago, and she turned up at Barden University to escape him. He’s a bad guy, so she tried to reinvent herself as Fat Amy, as opposed to her original name of Patricia. Now that she’s left the States, he’s tracked her down, and is trying to reconcile with her. Originally, seemingly in a positive way, but then his ulterior motives get revealed.”
“If we’re going to be moving forward in these girls’ lives, we’d also need to deal with the past and have them resolve some of their own issues. I was always intrigued by the fact that we do not know anything about Fat Amy,” shares Sie. “We’ve met Beca’s dad. We’ve heard Aubrey talk about her father, but we don’t know who Fat Amy is or why she came from Tasmania and landed at Barden.
Wilson gives us a glimpse into what to expect from Fergus: “You find out that her dad has tracked her down. He wasn’t allowed in America because he’s done some dodgy things, but when the girls go to Europe he’s able to track Fat Amy down and meet for the first time in seven years.”
When it came to her co-star, the performer echoes the lauds of her director. “I cannot talk highly enough about him,” raves Wilson. “First of all when they told me your dad’s going to be John Lithgow, I thought, ‘He’s crushed movies, TV, Broadway, and I grew up watching him on television.’ To have him be my dad and for him to also learn the Australian accent in three days was incredible.”
Pitch Perfect 3 stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Kelley Jakle, Shelley Regner, John Lithgow, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks.
Pitch Perfect 3 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.