Pitch Perfect 3 Director Explains Why Skylar Astin, Ben Platt & Adam DeVine Were Left Out This Time

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When you head to the theater to see Pitch Perfect 3 this weekend, you may notice that the men of the franchise are missing. But where the eff are they? In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director Trish Sie explained why Ben Platt, Adam Devine, and Skylar Astin were all missing from the movie, and it actually makes a lot of sense.

As fans of the first two movies already know, this is the first film where Elizabeth Banks stepped down from directing, this time only reprising her role as Gail. According to Trish, when she took over, the decision to leave the guys out was already made for her, and she decided to go with the flow. Although there were some scheduling conflicts that made it hard for the men of the cast to film — like the fact that Ben is now a major Broadway star after killing it in Dear Evan Hansen — there was actually a pretty important message they were sending by making the third installment in the series focus on the ladies only.

She said:

I think the main purpose was these girls are moving on with their life. Maybe they’ll get back to these guys at some point. A lot of people don’t end up with their college boyfriend and we wanted it to be about them and their independence and finding their way in the world and moving ahead alone. And it just felt like it was time to make a fresh start.

That’s actually a really awesome reason. Even though the romances, like the ones between Beca and Jesse and Amy and Bumper, have been important to the plots of the previous movies, it’s realistic that these relationships wouldn’t last forever. And like Trish said, it doesn’t mean those love stories are doomed — it just means it’s not what they’re focusing on right now, which happens so frequently when people go through a big life change like leaving college and entering the working world.

Trish also shared some good news, too: there does seem to be hope for more movies in the future if the timing is right and everyone’s up for it. We know this movie is supposed to be a farewell tour and everything, but we definitely wouldn’t hate it if we got to see more down the line.

Pitch Perfect 3 is in theaters now. We can’t wait to see how the story plays out — and even without the guys, we know it’s going to be amazing.