Don’t make a scene, but Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton’s successors have finally been revealed…
The First Wives Club, aka everyone’s favourite tale of divorce revenge, is getting a TV reboot in 2019.
As fans will know, the original 1996 film starred Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler as ex-wives banding together against their former spouses (and included a pretty nifty sing-along to Leslie Gore’s You Don’t Own Me, too).
Now, deadline.com reports that the small-screen remake will largely stick to the same formula, as the tale is given a shake-up for modern audiences.
While not every sequel, premake, remake and reboot is received enthusiastically, there are high hopes for the series given Tracy Oliver, co-writer of summer’s box-office hit Girls Trip, is on board.
And, when you throw in the incredible cast, you have a recipe for nothing but love, compassion and the spirit of true sisterhood.
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Hazel – Jill Scott
Grammy winner Jill Scott, perhaps best known for her role as Sheila in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?, will play Hazel, a music superstar who has been silenced by her unfaithful husband and manager for years.
Bree – Michelle Buteau
Comedian Michelle Buteau, from Broad City and Key & Peele, is set to play Bree, an overwhelmed doctor whose husband cheats on her.
Naturally, Oliver has since expressed her excitement for the two first cast members on Twitter.
“SO excited to welcome these two crazy talented ladies, @missjillscott and @MichelleButeau, to the #FirstWivesClub!!!” she wrote.
“We bout to have @paramountnet LIT in 2019!!!”
“Thank you for believing,” Scott replied.
The original film, which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker as one of the husbands’ new partners, was a rip-roaring success at the box office, but a sequel never happened.
Why? Well, according to Hawn, there were a lot of sticky issues with regards to good old ageism and sexism stalled negotiations over pay.
Explaining that the lead stars all took a pay cut in order for the film to be made, Hawn said they were offered exactly the same deal for the new film, even though the first had been a runaway success.
“We were all women of a certain age, and everyone took a cut in salary to do it so the studio could make what it needed […] we ended up doing incredibly well. The movie was hugely successful,” she said.
“But two years later, when the studio came back with a sequel, they wanted to offer us exactly the same deal […] Had three men come in there, they would have upped their salaries without even thinking about it.
“The fear of women’s movies is embedded in the culture.”
It remains to be seen as to whether she or her co-stars will make an appearance in the reboot when it airs in 2019.
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