The comedy hits theaters May 10
The actress are playing two dueling scam artists in The Hustle, the gender-swapping remake of Caine and Martin’s hilarious 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
In the film’s first trailer, which dropped Tuesday, the unnamed characters played by Hathaway, 36, and Wilson, 38, team up to swindle a naive tech prodigy (Tony winner Alex Sharp) out of his fortune.
Like their male counterparts before them, both women couldn’t be more opposite. Hathaway’s character is a high-brow British schemer with a pension for stolen jewels, while Wilson’s thief is more interested in getting a club sandwich and a few pieces of cake.
Working together will require a lot, including some lessons in knife-throwing. But even after training school (and a fabulous makeover, natch), Wilson’s character still doesn’t seem to get it right — pretending to be a blind woman after being told to “be as inconspicuous as possible.”
The Hustle follows in the footsteps of female-centric reboots like 2018’s Ocean’s 8, which also starred Hathaway, and 2016’s Ghostbusters.
Chris Addison (In the Loop) directs from a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer, Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, and Dale Launer.
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Hathaway is currently on the big screen in Serenity, her trippy thriller with Matthew McConaughey, while Wilson’s Isn’t It Romantic comes out on Wednesday. The film sees her playing a cynical New Yorker who hits her head and wakes up stuck in a world full of romantic comedy tropes.
“It works if you love rom-coms or you hate them,” Wilson told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday. “It makes fun of all the classic clichés that you know and love rom-com films.”
Wilson also produced the film and helped cast costar Liam Hemsworth.
“Normally people who are so hot like that aren’t funny. Turns out he’s such a legend and the funniest guy,” Wilson said. “So good move for me casting him.”
The Hustle hits theaters May 10.