Rebel Wilson's huge announcement at star-studded Cannes yacht party: 'Can’t wait'

Aussie star Rebel Wilson was joined by Sting, Adam Lambert and Boy George when she revealed her exciting news.

She’s already one of the most successful actresses to come out of Australia and now Rebel Wilson is about to add another impressive accolade to her CV.

The 43-year-old took to her Instagram account to announce that she’s set to make her directorial debut with an Australian musical called The Deb.

The star invited a whole host of famous faces, including Sting, Boy George, Adam Lambert and Robbie Williams, aboard a luxurious yacht owned by millionaire investor Len Blavatnik in Cannes to make the exciting announcement.

Rebel Wilson on a boat in Cannes
Rebel Wilson has announced she's set to make her directorial debut. Photo: Getty Images

“Announcing my directorial DEB-UT at Cannes Film Festival today with these incredible stars,” she wrote.

“The movie is called The Deb and it’s an original Australian musical about a teen girl going to her debutante ball in a country town. I can’t wait to film this later this year in Australia and share it with you all.”


Trudi Styler, Rebel Wilson and Sting
Rebel was joined by Sting and Trudi Styler. Photo: Getty Images
Boy George and Robbie Williams at the Cannes Film Festival
Boy George and Robbie Williams were also onboard the yacht. Photo: Instagram/RebelWilson/Getty Images
Rebel Wilson announces The Deb
Rebel Wilson is set to start filming The Deb in Australia in September. Photo: Getty Images

In an interview with Variety, Rebel said she’s always been watching the director side of things as an actress and jumped at the opportunity to try it out for herself.

“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,’ she said.

The Deb will begin filming in Australia in September, with Aussie stars such as Charlotte MacInnes, Tara Morice, Jay Laga’aia, and Shane Jacobson all set to appear.

Rebel Wilson on a yacht in Cannes
The star changed into a red dress. Photo: Getty Images
Adam Lambert on a yacht in Cannes
Adam Lambert was also onboard the three-storey yacht. Photo: Instagram/RebelWilson/Getty Images

Rebel Wilson's rise to fame

Growing up in the beautiful Hills District of Sydney Australia, Rebel Wilson didn't think acting was a dream that could come true for her.

“I wasn’t an extroverted kid,” she told Elle. “I was very academic and very introverted."

Rebel's mum saw potential in her daughter and decided to enrol her in acting classes.

"I was so unusually shy, bordering on a social disorder," Rebel told Marie Claire.

"So my mum — one day she drives me to this community acting class. I was holding on to the car door and crying. She had to peel me off the car. She's like, 'I'll pick you up in two hours,' and she left me."

Rebel went on to graduate from The University of NSW, where she studied Law and Arts. At the same time, she also got into the Australian Theatre For Young People.

Her career took off when she was cast as Gil's sister Brynn in the hit movie Bridesmaids. In 2012 she landed roles in What To Expect When You're Expecting, Bachelorette and Pitch Perfect.

Since then, Rebel has become one the biggest actresses in Australia to achieve Hollywood success, now adding directing to her repertoire.

When it comes to her personal life, Rebel is also thriving, having recently become engaged to her partner, Ramona Agruma, and welcoming a gorgeous baby girl, Royce Lillian.

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