×

Miguel Arteta rides with ‘Unicorn’ indie

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Mickey Mouse waves to members of

    Spider-Man, Spicer and Splashy First-Looks: Everything We're Looking For at D23

    As if Disney hasn’t owned enough weekends this year at the box office, the biennial D23 Expo will light up Anaheim, Calif. over the next three days to celebrate the content monolith. From a new Netflix-competing streaming platform to scores of movie and series reveals — along with a few hot controversies to confront — [...]

  • Angel Has Fallen

    'Angel Has Fallen' to Dominate Modest Box Office With $20 Million Weekend

    Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman are leading the way at the North American box office with “Angel Has Fallen” on its way to about $20 million, early estimates showed Friday. Should forecasts hold, “Angel Has Fallen” will take in about double the next title, Universal’s second weekend of raunchy comedy “Good Boys” with about $10 [...]

  • Aracne

    Sanfic Standout ‘Aracne’ Filmmakers Discuss the State of Chilean Genre

    A key project at this year’s Santiago Lab, the Santiago Intl. Film Festival industry forum for promising Latin American projects, Florencia Dupont’s “Aracne” is representative of a push from the next generation of Chilean filmmakers into genre cinema and the themes it can explore. “Aracne” turns on Beatriz, a young journalist at a small Santiago [...]

  • Eduardo Machuca

    Chile’s Eduardo Machuca Unveils Machuca Films Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

    SANTIAGO, Chile – Eduardo Machuca, the former film co-ordinator of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has launched his own production company, Machuca Films. “After 25 years at the ministry, I felt I needed to tap my creative side,” said Machuca, who is also tying the knot on Saturday (Aug. 25) with a former Sanfic staffer, [...]

  • Robert Downey Jr. Disney Legends Ceremony,

    Robert Downey Jr. Reveals He Was Busted for Smoking Pot at Disneyland

    Robert Downey Jr. celebrated his Disney Legend status by sharing the endearing tale of how the first time he visited Disneyland, he was arrested. The Iron Man actor was being honored in Anaheim at Disney’s biennial D23 convention. After a brief introduction by Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger, Downey felt he had to come [...]

  • Thandie Newton Reminiscence

    Thandie Newton Reteams With 'Westworld's' Lisa Joy on 'Reminiscence' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Following her Emmy win for her performance on “Westworld,” Thandie Newton is joining the feature directorial debut of the show’s co-creator. Sources tell Variety that Newton is set to join Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson in Warner Bros.’ “Reminiscence,” directed by “Westworld’s” Lisa Joy. WB acquired the rights to the package after this year’s Berlin [...]

  • Ming-Na Wen poses at the Disney

    Original 'Mulan' Star Ming-Na Wen Weighs in on Remake's Controversy

    Ming-Na Wen, who played the leading voice role in the original 1998 version of “Mulan,” has spoken out about the recent controversy surrounding Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake, which has been co-opted by China’s authoritarian regime to attack Hong Kong protestors. “We are living in a world right now where there’s so much change and confusion [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content