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Rebel Wilson to star and direct the film adaptation of ‘The Deb’ musical

The actress is about to get her hands on deck for the musical comedy film “The Deb.” The film is based on an Australian musical that is set in the outback.

This project was first seen at the recent Cannes Film Festival, where cast members of the musical performed some of the songs at a private event aboard billionaire investor Len Blavatnik’s yacht. Amanda Ghost, Gregor Cameron, and Blavatnik are the respective producers of the film via their company Unigram, which created previous projects like Apple TV+ film Tetris and AI Film’s I, Tonya.

Wilson is also one of the cast members of the musical film. She said in an interview with Variety that she is somehow handy at juggling jobs as both director and cast member of a musical.

“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,” said Wilson.

Wilson then added that she received encouragement from the people that she worked with on past projects.

“I’ve always just been watching as the actress — watching, watching, watching — and then I produced a lot of things with musical numbers in them, like ‘Senior Year’ on Netflix, which had a lot of cheerleading routines,” continued Wilson. “Everyone kept saying, ‘You should direct!’ … I just started getting offered movies to direct from studios, so then I was like, ‘Oh my God, if I have to take a year out of my life and not be an actress and be a director, it has to be something that I am massively passionate about.'”

The musical that Wilson’s film is based on was originally written by Hannah Reilly. The soundtrack that contains the set of songs for the musical was written by singer-songwriter Meg Washington. It first premiered at Sydney’s Australian Theatre for Young People in 2022.

The musical’s plot follows the story of a lovable farm girl/high school outcast who hopes to redefine herself at the upcoming “The Deb.”

The film’s production will begin on September in Australia.


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