Australian comedian and actress Rebel Wilson is called many things, but hardly ever romantic. She’s based a whole comedic persona on being a “bogon,” an Australian slang term that roughly corresponds to “redneck.”
The stories she tells about herself rival the outrageous roles she’s performed onstage: raised by dog-trainers, climbed into a leopard cage, and as a child, had vivid hallucinations during a bout with malaria in which she rapped her acceptance speech at the Oscars ceremony. She’s so used to self-deprecating humor that she produced and starred in the series Bogan Pride. Learn more about Rebel Wilson: https://deadline.com/2018/11/cats-movie-rebel-wilson-cast-as-jennyanydots-andrew-lloyd-webber-1202504908/ and https://www.wmagazine.com/story/rebel-wilson-givenchy-couture
But put all that aside, and she’s a dynamic break-out character actor who has made a name for herself. Her next movie, Isn’t It Romantic?, is slated for release in 2019. In it, she plays an awkward working-class drub who hits her head and finds herself awakening in an alternate universe based on romantic comedy films. Read more: Rebel Wilson Joins Cats Movie Musical and Rebel Wilson Isn’t it Romantic First Book
She now has a gay sidekick, she owns an upgraded apartment straight out of a Sex and the City set, and crowds on the street tend to break out in choreographed song and dance numbers whenever she’s around. Even New York City gets a make-over. Follow Rebel Wilson on Instagram
To her disgust, naturally. Like a Groundhog Day fantasy, she has to figure out the rules of a genre she never paid much attention to and use them to break the spell if she’s ever to escape back to her normal reality.
Rebel Wilson not only stars, but she’s taking a turn this time as producer as well. The former Pitch Perfect star is known for her sarcastic and unsentimental humor, putting her on the ideal path to take “chick flicks” down a notch, and isn’t it about time?
This, despite her starring turns in projects such as Bridesmaids. This could be Wilson’s way of turning the page from her own romantic comedy dabbling, since, after all, she’s based a whole career out of reinventing herself, from shy wallflower to brassy and bold diva.
Whatever definition she’ll pick next for herself, she’s on the hustle for now. In addition to Isn’t It Romantic?, she has three more projects already in the works: The Hustle is completed, Jojo Rabbit is in post-production, and Cats, a revival of the Broadway musical of the same name, is filming now.
As fast as she is on her feet, it’s easy to see where a cat would be a natural role for her, because even with nine lives she isn’t letting any of them pass her by.