Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who plays British characters so well, has signed on to star in and produce a film adaptation of the comic book Crowded.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilson’s production production company, Camp Sugar, has optioned the rights to the Image Comics publication, which they’ll bring to the big screen with Oni Entertainment.
Set in the not-so-distant future, Crowded will also be published in the not-so-distant future and is due to release next March. But, we’re assuming Wilson got a sneak preview and liked what she saw.
Writer Christopher Sebela and artists Ro Stein and Ted Brant zero in on modern-day issues. Oh, you know, like job-sharing and crowdfunding apps. But this story is about one particular fundraising app with a sinister purpose: Reapr is designed to help people hire assassins.
The story kicks off with a woman named Charlie, who’s going about her life, minding her own business, until she discovers she’s a target on Reapr.
So what does she do? She uses another app, Dfend, to hire a bodyguard. But due to her limited budget, Charlie retains Vita, the lowest-ratest defender.
It’s not clear what role Wilson will be playing, but we can totally picture her arriving to save the day. If it turns out she’s the person in need of protection, we’re confident she’ll own that role just as much.
Wilson is currently filming the WWII satire Jojo Rabbit, opposite another Anglo favorite, Stephen Merchant. The premiere date is yet to be announced.
You can also look for her in the remake of 1988’s comedy classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, originally starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin. Wilson will pair up with Anne Hathaway in the new version. This is in the very early stages, and there’s no set timeline confirmed.
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