Elizabeth Banks to Direct Pitch Perfect 2 — Plus 7 More Actresses-Turned-Directors

The Hunger Games star produced and co-starred in the original Pitch Perfect, about a college a capella group. It was announced recently, that she is going to direct the sequel. This will be Elizabeth’s first directing effort — it seems to be a natural fit since the head of Universal explained that it was Elizabeth who came up with the idea for the original film. Here’s a look at some other leading ladies who made the jump behind the camera.

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    Elizabeth Banks attends the premiere Of Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City

    When Elizabeth takes the reins of Pitch Perfect 2, her husband Max Handelman will be one of the film's producers. 

  • Madonna 2 of 8
    Madonna at the 56th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California

    The entertainer has two directorial efforts to her credit: W.E. in 2011 and Fifth and Wisdom in 2008. 

  • Angelina Jolie 3 of 8
    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the world premiere of 'World War Z' at The Empire Cinema in London

    In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina's first film directed, she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Her next film, Unbroken was shot in Australia with a script by Joel and Ethan Coen.

  • Jennifer Aniston 4 of 8
    Jennifer Aniston attends the 'We're The Millers' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City

    Jennifer has directed a short for Lifetime's Five series, and another short called Room 10. She told Parade Magazine that she's thinking about another project. "I think I'm going to try at some point next year to direct a full-length feature," she said, "which I'm extremely excited about."

  • Courteney Cox 5 of 8
    Courteney Cox arrives for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Hollywood

    Courteney has directed several episodes of Cougar Town, and is also directing her first feature film, Hello I Must Be Going, starring Seann William Scott. 

  • Scarlett Johansson 6 of 8
    Scarlett Johansson attends 'Don Jon' New York Premiere at SVA Theater in New York City

    Scarlett directed a short called, These Vagabond Shoes. Her first feature will be an adaptation of Truman Capote's, Summer Crossing

  • Jodie Foster 7 of 8
    Jodie Foster attends the premiere of 'Elysium' at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood

    Jodie does more directing than acting these days. She has 3 feature films to her credit: Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays and The Beaver

  • Drew Barrymore 8 of 8
    Drew Barrymore arrives at the 2nd Annual Baby2Baby Gala held at The Book Bindery in Los Angeles

    The soon-to-be mom of two chose Whip it, a film about a roller-derby league in Texas, for her directing debut. 

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