Among the wave of gender-bending remakes currently in the works is a new version of the wacky 1988 con artist farce, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring Rebel Wilson.
Steve Martin and Michael Caine starred in the 1988 film, which was actually based on an earlier version with Marlon Brando and David Niven. The story centered on two con men, one sophisticated and the other uncouth, competing for marks on the French Riviera, who decide to join forces to swindle a woman assumed to be an heiress.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “MGM’s modern-day re-imagining, to be penned by Jac Schaeffer, will star two female scam artists who team up to bamboozle a tech prodigy out of his earned fortune. Wilson is also set to produce the project along with Roger Birnbaum.”
Wilson can now be seen in the film adaptation of the hit TV show Absolutely Fabulous, released last July.
The in-demand comedienne revealed her views on what has made her so successful to The Telegraph, saying, “I think a lot of the reason I get hired is because they know I’m going to embellish the script. And I kind of think in Hollywood, if you don’t have that ability, you’re not going to last too long in comedies.”
As for her future projects, the Australian actress is also set to star in another remake of a popular 1980s comedy, Private Benjamin, one of actress Goldie Hawn’s most memorable films. Pitch Perfect fans will be glad to know that Wilson will reprise her role as “Fat Amy” in the next installment of the franchise, out Dec. 22, 2017.