Rebel Wilson stars in Mike White-produced pic
On the heels of supporting roles in “Pitch Perfect” and “Bachelorette,” Aussie thesp Rebel Wilson is taking center stage in “Unicorn Store,” an indie comedy that Miguel Arteta is attached to direct from a script by tyro Samantha McIntyre.Mike White and David Bernad are producing through their Rip Cord Prods. banner, which is also behind HBO’s “Enlightened.” Logline for the quirky pic is being kept under wraps, but Wilson is attached to play the imaginative lead character. White and Bernad developed the script with McIntyre, who also brought it to the Sundance Writer’s Lab. Scribe previously worked as a story editor for HBO’s “Bored to Death.” Arteta, who most recently directed Ed Helms in the Fox Searchlight comedy “Cedar Rapids,” has a long history of working with White, having directed his scripts “Chuck & Buck” and “The Good Girl,” as well as several episodes of “Enlightened.” “Unicorn Store” is not locked in as his next pic, as he also recently signed on to direct “47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers” for FilmColony and Mandalay Pictures. Since breaking out in Paul Feig’s boffo Universal comedy “Bridesmaids,” Wilson has steadily increased her profile in Hollywood, working her way up from key supporting roles in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Struck By Lightning” to co-leads in the Will Ferrell-produced comedy “Bachelorette” and U’s a capella laffer “Pitch Perfect.” Thesp recently wrapped a role as Anthony Mackie’s love interest in Michael Bay’s Paramount pic “Pain and Gain.” Rip Cord, which previously produced the bigscreen comedies “Year of the Dog” and “Gentlemen Broncos,” recently produced Sebastian Silva’s Michael Cera-starrer “Magic Magic.” WME reps Arteta and Wilson, who is managed by 3 Arts Entertainment. Arteta is also repped by attorney Linda Lichter. UTA reps White and McIntyre, who is also repped by Mosaic.