Rebel Wilson to lead gender-swapped Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake

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The Pitch Perfect actor will lead a new version of the 1988 comedy, which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin

Rebel Wilson to lead gender-swapped Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake
The con is on … Rebel Wilson. Photograph: Startraks Photo/Rex/Shutterstock

Rebel Wilson is set to star in a gender-swapped remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

According to Variety, the Pitch Perfect actor will take on one of the leads in a contemporary retelling that will see two female con artists, one high-class, the other low-rent, try to scam a tech prodigy out of his fortune.

Wilson is also set to produce alongside Roger Birnbaum, who has been behind the remakes of RoboCop, in 2014, and The Magnificent Seven, due for release in September. Wilson is also attached to a remake of the Goldie Hawn comedy Private Benjamin.

The original Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin as two competing conmen working on the French Riviera. It was itself a remake of the 1964 comedy Bedtime Story, starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. It was also adapted into a successful musical, starring John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz.

It marks the second gender-swapped remake to be announced this week, after news hit that Channing Tatum would be playing a mermaid in a new version of Splash.

Wilson most recently starred in How to be Single, which became a surprise hit earlier this year, taking $112m (£85m) worldwide, and the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby. She is also set to reprise her role as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect 3.

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