Rebel Wilson will be developing a cold as Miss Adelaide for eight shows a week in the West End! The screen star is set to join the West End cast of Guys and Dolls for eight weeks, June 28 through August 21. The production is playing at the Phoenix Theatre.
“A lot of people who know me from my more recent film work have no idea how much theater has influenced my life,” said Wilson in a statement. “Training at the Australian Theatre for Young People gave me the opportunity to perform onstage in eight productions ranging from new Australian musicals to classic plays…I am delighted to be making my West End debut in Guys and Dolls and to be playing such an iconic role as Miss Adelaide is truly an honor. Hopefully I crush it….but you’ll have to come and see me to find out!”
Wilson’s screen credits include Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, along with Bridesmaids, How to be Single, Grimsby, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Bachelorette and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, the current cast of Guys and Dolls includes Nigel Lindsay as Nathan Detroit and Samantha Spiro as Miss Adelaide, who will both have their final performance on June 26. Further casting will be announced later.
Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show follows a desperate Nathan Detroit in prohibition-era New York. He needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen “sinners” for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?
“Pitch Perfect” star Rebel Wilson is attached to an untitled romantic comedy for New Line, Variety has learned.
Producers are Todd Garner, Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews. The studio and producers are seeking a director.
Erin Cardillo wrote the original script about a cynical young woman who doesn’t believe in love and then wakes up one day to discover that her life has become a romantic comedy. The rewrite is by Dana Fox and Katie Silberman.
Wilson starred in both “Pitch Perfect” movies and is attached to the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3.” Credits for the Australian actress include “Bridesmaids,” “How to Be Single,” “Grimsby” and the upcoming “Absolutely Fabulous Movie.”
Garner produced both the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” movies along with “Into the Storm” and “Knight and Day.” Scharbo and Matthews were executive producers on several TV series including “The Gates,” “Missing” and “Rush.” Matthews also was a producer on the feature films “13 Going on 30” and “What Women Want.”
Wilson is repped by WME.
Who wants to take a road trip with Rebel Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key? And some nunchucks?
The two comedians star in the second installment of Booking.com’s new U.S. ad campaign, “Jordan and Chelsea’s Booking Wedding,” for which they’re planning a road trip to Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti’s (fictional) wedding (Peele and Peretti recently eloped).
PEOPLE has your first look at Wilson and Key’s pre-wedding attendance antics.
The spot revolves around the Keanu star driving to pick up the Pitch Perfect actress for their road trip. Wilson surprises Key in a tuxedo jogging suit (a black jogging suit with a tuxedo printed on it) and with a pair of nunchucks swinging.
When Key presents Wilson with a binder with their road trip itinerary, Wilson promptly knocks it to the ground with her ‘chucks and convinces Key to ditch his plan for hers, which includes staying at range hotels, cabins and teepees.
Look for Wilson and Key’s new ads to begin airing on Wednesday.
Actress Rebel Wilson is suing magazine publisher Bauer Media over articles she says defamed her.
Wilson, a comedian and actress who has starred in films such as Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, claims print and online articles published by various glossy titles in the Bauer Media stable made her out to be a serial liar, according to a writ filed in the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday.
She is suing Bauer Media – the publisher of Woman’s Day, the Australian Women’s Weekly, New Weekly and OK Magazine – for damages, saying her reputation has suffered and she has been humiliated and embarrassed.
Through the writ, Wilson is claiming that a Woman’s Day article published in May last year, titled “Just who is the REAL Rebel?” was defamatory and made her out to be a “serial liar who has invented fantastic stories in order to make it in Hollywood”.
The article included claims that the actress lied about her age, her real name, her upbringing and the fact she had lived in Zimbabwe for a year.
A second Women’s Weekly article again raised Wilson’s age, and claimed the actress lied when she told US TV host David Letterman that she grew up in a disadvantaged part of NSW, when she instead grew up in the Sydney suburb of Cherrybrook.
The writ also references other articles published in OK Magazine and New Weekly.
In each article, Wilson had “been gravely injured in her feelings, credit and reputation, has been humiliated and embarrassed and has suffered loss and damage, including special damage,” the writ states.
It says Wilson lost promised roles, and was not offered others due to the publication of the articles.
Wilson says Bauer Media did not contact her prior to writing the articles, or make adequate inquiries as to the facts.
She is seeking damages, permanent injunctions stopping Bauer Media from publishing the articles involved, and interest and costs. Bauer Media Pty Ltd and Bauer Media Australia Pty Ltd are named as defendants in the writ.
In a statement, Bauer Media said it had not been served with a writ by representatives of Wilson.
“If and when it is served, we will take the opportunity to consider our defences,” the statement reads.
“It would not be appropriate for Bauer Media to comment further whilst this matter is before the court and the writ is yet to be served.”
We have some aca-awesome news for you, if you’re excited about seeing Pitch Perfect 3 two weeks earlier. The third of installment of the franchise, which will feature the return of your favorite Barden Bellas for another round of a cappella shenanigans, has been bumped out of its release of August 4, 2017 and up to the July 21 slot of the same year.
Universal Pictures announced the news today, and this’ll likely yield a better run for the film, which will now open closer to the heart of the summer season. Funny enough, July 21, 2017 was its initial release date before Universal moved it to August — and now it’s back!
Elizabeth Banks, who features as a cappella commentator Gail and directed Pitch Perfect 2, returns to helm the third film. Among the cast, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are the only two officially confirmed for comebacks, though the past two films also featured Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam DeVine, and Skylar Astin.
Details on Pitch Perfect 3 are still under wraps and Banks didn’t want to let anything slip during an interview with Collider earlier this year. Although, she said she’s excited to determine who the big cameos will be this time around. The last sequel featured real-life a cappella groups like Grammy-winning Pentatonix, Sons of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal, Snoop Dogg, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, and Green Bay Packers linebacker Claw Matthews.
One likely source for expansion seems to be Steinfeld’s Emily, the newly minted Bella who finished the film by collaborating with Kendrick’s Beca on her song, “Flashlight.” Then there’s the continuation of the saga of Fat Amy, who poured her heart out to Bumper, while Snow’s Chloe promised to finally graduate college.
With an estimated $29 million budget, Pitch Perfect 2 went on to score a worldwide total of $287.5 million at the box office. So, clearly, there’s an audience here.