The star's first feature as a director, Pitch Perfect 2, proved to be a huge hit, earning $285.2 million (£178.3 million) to date worldwide following its release earlier this year (15), making it the highest-grossing musical-comedy in global box office history. It also marked the highest U.S. opening ever for a first-time director after shooting to the top of the box office chart with $69.2 million (£43.3 million).

Now Banks will be back for another run, with leading stars Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow all set to reprise their roles, according to

Banks co-starred in and produced the original film, which became a surprise cult hit in 2012.

The star will reteam with franchise screenwriter Kay Cannon for the next Pitch Perfect instalment, while she will also serve as a producer, alongside her husband Max Handelman.

"We did something really rare," Banks previously said of Pitch Perfect 2. "We made a movie that was directed by a woman, written by a woman, produced by a woman and stars a poster full of women."

The blonde beauty has been in high demand since her breakout directing gig - she also recently signed on to take charge of an upcoming Charlie's Angels reboot and a movie adaptation of Victoria Aveyard's young adult novel Red Queen.