Rebel Wilson has been attached to the all-female reboot of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels since 2016, back when the movie was called Nasty Women. Anne Hathaway signed on in January of 2017 and now we have a new title and an official release date from Wilson, along with a first look sneak peek. Much like the 1988 movie, which is a remake of the 1964 movie Bedtime Story, Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway will play two con artists in a competition to swindle a member of the opposite sex out of money.
Rebel Wilson, seen in the first look image standing with Anne Hathaway, took to social media today to announce that the official title of their Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reboot is The Hustle, which is not to be confused with the 1975 or the 2008 movies of the same name. Wilson also announced that the movie will come out on June 29th of this year, which is a week after Jurassic World 2 hits theaters and over a month after the releases of Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Let’s hope this all-female reboot fares better than the Ghostbusters reboot did in 2016.
The 1988 version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Michael Caine and Steve Martin who are competing to swindle an American heiress out of $50,000. Caine plays the more suave and educated British conman while Martin plays a less refined American conman whose just out to make a quick buck. In the end, the two conmen see themselves to fall victim of their own game. It’s imagined that The Hustle will follow the same structure of the 1988 comedy classic and interject it with more relevant jokes for today’s younger audience.
As far as the original title, Nasty Women, the decision to change it was more than likely a political move. During the 2016 election campaign, then candidate Donald Trump referred to Hilary Clinton as a “nasty woman,” which then became a hashtag and political movement of its own. It seems that the change was made in light of the political takeover of the term and it was decided to change to The Hustle. However, there are already two other movies called the same thing, so it might’ve been wise to think of a new title.
The Hustle is directed by Chris Addison (Veep) with a script written by Jac Schaffer, who is currently in talks to write the screenplay for the standalone Black Widow movie for Marvel. There’s a good chance that The Hustle will end up as a midsummer hit, thanks to its placement and cast. It’s expected that a trailer will be released shortly since the movie is now set to come out sooner than previously thought. While we wait for the trailer, you have plenty of time to watch 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to get acquainted with the structure of the new reboot. You can check out the announcement below, thanks to Rebel Wilson’s Twitter account.
Announcing that our film together will officially be called THE HUSTLE and now will be released early on June 29th this year! Directed by @mrchrisaddison get ready for this beaut. The CON is ON xx pic.twitter.com/9uwQhNatBy
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) February 21, 2018