Two glamourous, clever women scamming rich men? Yes please!
In 2016, Melissa McCarthy led a group of female comedians in a fight against ghosts for an all-female remake of the classic Eighties movie, Ghostbusters. Last year we were treated to Ocean’s 8, a heist movie fronted by eight incredible and diverse women rather than… well, George Clooney. Both films were panned by snobby critics, but loved by audiences and both earning over $200 million at the box office.
And now there’s a new remake of a classic boys film to look forward to - The Hustle.
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as con artists in a new version of 1989 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, taking over the original roles played by Michael Caine and Steve Martin. Their targets? Rich, privileged men who may or may not deserve to be conned.
Hathaway takes on the role of an expert hustler, trained in the art of using her femininity to make men do - and more crucially, give her - exactly what she wants.
“Why are women more suited to the con than men?” she asks us in the trailer, released today. “Because no man will ever believe she is smarter than he is.”
She meets Wilson’s character, Lonnie, on a posh train after hearing her conning a man into buying her lunch by telling him she is on a mission to rescue her sister - luckily, he doesn’t recognise the tale as the plot of Taken. Enamoured by Lonnie’s self-made swindling, Hathaway takes Lonnie under her wing, teaching her the suave, under-the-radar tactics of a true hustler and together, they set their sites on a tech billionaire, played by Alex Sharp.
While Hathaway’s sophisticated criminal brings the glamour, Wilson packs in the jokes - whether she’s hiding from the police in a dress that disguises her as a bin bag, or attempting to fake-cry but just ending up looking constipated.
And what’s even better than a woman-led remake? A woman-led remake with women behind the scenes, too. The Hustle script was written by Jac Schaeffer, who also co-wrote the upcoming Captain Marvel film starring Brie Larson, as well as the script for Scarlett Johansson’s first solo film as Black Widow.
The Hustle is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on May 10.
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