iPiccy-collageBy Vanessa Rupertus

Elm Staff Writer

After its announcement back in August 2016, comedy movie “The Hustle,” produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, has finally gotten a trailer.

The film has been scheduled for theatrical release on May 10.

“The Hustle” is a remake of the 1988 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” with actors Steve Martin and Michael Caine as the leads.

The 1988 film is actually a remake, itself, of the movie “Bedtime Story” from 1969, starring Marlon Brando and David Niven.

The most recent iteration of the story flips gender roles on its head. The previous films featured two con men, whereas “The Hustle” stars two con women. Their unwitting targets, instead of wealthy women, are wealthy men.

The film’s two con women are played by Anne Hathaway, the capable, “high- class” type, and Rebel Wilson, the crass con woman-in-training Hathaway takes under her wing.

Alex Sharp plays the male lead in the film, the heir to a fortune that becomes both of the women’s main target.

The film makes note of the difference in the art of the con due to the gender swap, the trailer demonstrating how Hathaway and Wilson’s characters approach their cons through the motto of “no man will ever believe a woman is smarter than he is.”

“Men always underestimate us,” Ha-

Hathaway’s character observes, “and that is what we use.”

The trailer is full of hilarious hijinks and gags, and it’s no surprise that British

comedian Chris Addison, best known for the satirical celebrity panel show “Mock the Week,” is in the director’s chair for this one.

The screenplay is written by Jac Schaeffer, who is no stranger to the genre, either. She directed the comedy film “TiMER” back in 2009.

Response to the trailer was generally positive. While there was some light teasing towards Hathaway’s British accent, many have expressed anticipation towards seeing the chemistry of Hathaway and Wilson on screen.

In the trailer, Wilson’s chaotic con methods clash with Hathaway’s professionalism, leading to some priceless moments.

Hathaway in one scene cons a man out of a diamond bracelet, and in another Wilson, in a “trashy” black leather dress, poses as a garbage bag in order to escape security guards.

So far, only Wilson’s character, Lonnie, has been named. The lack of detail hasn’t deterred fans, however, and “The Hustle” seems to be a pretty promising comedy event for this year.

While the film seems to follow the basic plotline of its predecessor, the gender swap is bound to give the audience a new twist on a familiar formula.

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