Isn’t It Romantic Serves as Rebel Wilson’s Leading Role Vehicle

Rebel Wilson fans are in for a treat this Valentine’s Day as the Aussie-actress will make her leading lady debut in Isn’t It Romantic. The rom-com inside a rom-com is being produced by New Line Cinema. Wilson headlines as Natalie, an architect who has given up on romantic comedies only to become trapped in one.

Isn’t It Romantic is new ground for Rebel Wilson. Although she is no stranger to rom-coms she has never played the lead in one. Let alone the typical female romantic interest stock character. The actress, singer, producer, writer, and comedienne is known mostly for playing the plucky supporting character. However, Isn’t It Romantic is not a standard rom-com in that Natalie is completely self-aware. It gets even better because Natalie hates rom-coms.

Rebel Wilson made her mark in Australia before coming over to the U.S. Her breakout role stateside came within the movie Bridesmaids, but it was not until Pitch Perfect that she really made her mark. Her turn as Fat Amy cemented her as a talented character actor. Now that she is wearing the headliner cap it gives her the chance to shine in another way.

The basic plot sees Natalie become trapped in a romantic comedy after tangling with a mugger. She hits her head pretty hard and wakes up to find a fantasy world has replaced reality.

According to released trailers this world is chock full of popular rom-com tropes. It is picture-perfect and completely unrealistic version of New York City. Everything is bright, everyone looks terrific, and there is way too much smiling. Read more: Cats Movies – Rebel Wilson  Casts as Jenny | Deadline

Natalie awakes every morning in flawless hair and make-up, lives in an apartment the size of Connecticut, and has a closet full of designer clothes one would find in Sex and the City. The digs at traditional romantic comedies are well-placed as anyone who has every watched rom-coms has noticed the same things.

For the most part the film plays the tropes straight. It is Natalie that draws the humor as she reacts to all of it with the jaded viewpoint of someone living in the real world. The role definitely fits Wilson who is a master at comedic timing.

Isn’t It Romantic also stars Liam Hemsworth as a handsome stranger Blake. He is one of Natalie’s clients and her unexpected romantic interest. According to the trailers the two meet after a car accident and begin a whirlwind romance. A romance hindered by the fact that Natalie’s fantasy world is PG-13 meaning she cannot have sex. Every time she tries it fast forwards to the end.

Rounding out the cast is Adam DeVine as Natalie best friend Josh. Wilson fans will remember DeVine as he played Rebel’s love interest Bumper in Pitch Perfect. Luckily, he is set up as the third point of a love triangle in the previews.

Like many movies that take place in a fantasy situation, i.e. Groundhog Day, Natalie will remain stuck in the fantasy world until she does something she is meant to do.

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Rebel Wilson – Isn’t It Romantic

Coming this Valentine’s Day 2019 is a romantic comedy movie, Isn’t It Romantic, starring Australia’s uprising comedienne, Rebel Wilson. Wilson is an actress, a writer and a producer who graduated from the Australian Theater for Young People in 2003. She started to get noticed after bagging the role of Toula for the comedy series Pizza (2000) for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). She also starred in the hit sketch comedy series, The Wedge.

She wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy, Bogan Pride (2008). Wilson also won the Best Actress award for her role in Bargain. She was cast in the movie Bridesmaids (2011), her first movie in the US. Since then she has appeared in a few movies like A Few Best Men, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Struck by Lightning.

In 2011, Variety magazine named her one of the Top Ten Comics to Watch. She starred in a musical comedy Pitch Perfect film series which won her the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress. Her role as Fat Amy in this movie also earned her several awards nominations including MTV Best Breakthrough Performance Award. Read more: Isn’t It Romantic Trailer: Rebel Wilson Stars | Hollywoodreporter and Stunning Transformation of Rebel Wilson | TheList

Born in Sydney, Australia on March 2, 1980, Wilson grew up with her three siblings who were raised by parents who were professional beagle breeder. In the article, The Stunning Transformation of Rebel Wilson (https://www.thelist.com/41472/stunning-transformation-rebel-wilson/), it mentioned how she transformed from a shy but confident girl into a funny, down to earth Aussie gal.

She describes herself as a socially awkward teenager who was encouraged by her high school drama teacher, Mrs. Bowmaker, to enter in the Tournament of Minds, an Aussie creative competition which features different segment like performing and improvising. That’s how she came out of her shell and she’s grateful for Mrs. Bowmaker’s role in transforming herself into what she is now.

In an interview with Flare magazine, Wilson described how she grew up to be a feminist, which was attributed to her education at an exclusive girls’ high school. In that school, women are trained to be independent, to go after what they want and pursue their dreams.

At a young age of 17, Rebel Wilson, worked for a year for Australia’s Rotary International Youth Ambassador Program. During one of the organization’s trips to South Africa, she contacted malaria. She was hallucinating due to her illness and dreamed about winning an Oscar. This is how her acting bug supposedly started. Learn more about Rebel Wilson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2313103/ and https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/10/pitch-perfect-4-rebel-wilson

After her stint with the Rotary, she went home and studied at the University of New South Wales as well at Australian Theater for Young People. Here, she started to act in stage as a serious actor, but people find her funny instead. She considers herself as unique. She said that most Australian actors who came to America are serious, usually dramatic actors but she is one of the first comedy actors from Australia.

In the movie, Isn’t It Romantic, she plays the role of Natalie, a New York architect who is disenchanted with love but finds herself trapped inside a real life romantic comedy after a subway mugging incident that knocked her unconscious.

The movie also stars Priyanka Chopra, Liam Hemsworth and Adam DeVine. It is directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson.