Rebel Wilson — actress, singer, comedian and now director
‘We’re utilizing the best musical resources in the world and the most fantastic Australian talent to bring this project to the screen’
PHILIP FARAONE/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE | REBEL Wilson
Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson will make her directorial debut with the Australian musical comedy The Deb.
The project was announced on Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival aboard the private yacht of billionaire investor Len Blavatnik, with cast members present.
“Because I’ve been on set and have done so many musicals, you kind of pick up things like how to shoot a musical number and how to do the soundtrack, because you’re there and you’re part of it,” Wilson, who will also act in the film, told Variety.
Wilson has also produced the films The Hustle and Senior Year for Netflix.
The Deb theater production originally premiered at Sydney’s Australian Theater for Young People in 2022. It follows farm girl and high school outcast Taylah Simpkins who thinks the upcoming Debutante Ball, called “the Deb,” is a chance to redefine herself.
The Deb will feature Charlotte MacInnes (ATYP’s The Deb), Natalie Abbott (Aftertaste, A Perfect Pairing, Global Creature’s Muriel’s Wedding the Musical) Stevie Jean (2022 winner of NT Music Award for Rock Song of the Year), Tara Morice (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Dance Academy), Jay Laga’aia (Nim’s Island, Star Wars, The Lion King, Wicked) and Shane Jacobson (Kenny, The Bourne Legacy, The Dressmaker, Hairspray).
“We’re utilizing the best musical resources in the world and the most fantastic Australian talent to bring this project to the screen,” Wilson added.
The Deb will be produced by Amanda Ghost, Len Blavatnik and Gregor Cameron of Unigram, the company behind Tetris and sister company AI Film (I, Tonya, Hacksaw Ridge) with Wilson’s Camp Sugar Productions.
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