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The new comedy The Hustle flips the script on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and casts Anne Hathaway as Josephine and Rebel Wilson as Penny, con artists who set their sights on no-good men to swindle. Beyond the laughs, the movie offers a bit of a feminist sensibility with Josephine and Penny as avengers of a sort. And there's even a lesbian bent.
"The Hustle is about female empowerment by showing women in roles that were traditionally played by men," Wilson, who also produced the movie, told The Advocate on the red carpet at the movie's premiere in Hollywood earlier this week. "Also, the way we play these characters is that they're so confident and intelligent women."
"They do dodgy stuff at times," Wilson admits, adding that it's for a greater good.
Australian actress Ingrid Oliver plays Josephine's suit-and-sensible-shoes-clad right-hand woman, Inspector Brigitte Desjardins, in the movie. There are a few lines alluding to Brigitte's sexual identity in the movie, but Oliver confirmed with The Advocate that she would have liked a kiss with Hathaway's character at some point.
"Certainly, from my point of view, the character was deeply respectful of Josephine, but also probably a bit in love with her," Oliver says.
Although, Hathaway says, Josephine was perhaps just being coy.