The upcoming Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake from MGM is eyeing its second lead to join Rebel Wilson and reports say Anne Hathaway is in talks for the role. Plus, the film, with a script by Jac Schaeffer, is also being renamed as NASTY WOMEN, likely in reference to the insult President-Elect Trump lobbied at Hillary Clinton during one of their debates, which was then reclaimed by Clinton supporters.
Hathway would join the film as Wilson’s co-star, taking on the roles popularized by Steve Martin and Michael Caine in the 1988 original film directed by Frank Oz. It followed two con men who compete to swindle an heiress out of $50,000 in the French Riviera and this remake will be gender-swapping the lead roles.
The title change is sure to get people’s attention and create a whole slew of opinions. In many ways, it’s exhilarating and makes you want to cheer. On the other hand, depending on how the film is marketed, the title could come off as a trite. Either way, it’s attention-grabbing and relevant, which is undoubtedly what MGM and the creators were aiming for when they decided on the new name.
Hathaway is currently shooting the highly anticipated Ocean’s Eight and her sci-fi film Colossal is currently awaiting release after premiering at Toronto International Film Festival. Her last films were Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Intern alongside Robert de Niro.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.