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Ten-hut! Rebel Wilson set to star in remake of the 1980 Army comedy 'Private Benjamin'
Rebel Wilson heads for reboot camp: Comedian to fill Goldie Hawn's shoes in new 'Private Benjamin'

Ten-hut! Rebel Wilson is headed to boot camp.

The "Pitch Perfect" comedian is set to star in a remake of the 1980 comedy "Private Benjamin" for New Line, according to a Tracking Board report.

The original movie starred Goldie Hawn as a spoiled socialite who joins the military after her husband (Albert Brooks) dies on their wedding night while consummating their marriage. The remake will find Wilson playing a redneck who enlists in the Marine Corps.

Wilson, who stole scenes in "Bridesmaids" as Kristen Wiig's obnoxious roommate, had her breakout role in 2012's "Pitch Perfect," a surprise hit, playing the indomitable a cappella singer Fat Amy.

She has since become an in-demand comic actress, with upcoming roles in "Kung Fu Panda 3," "Night at the Museum 3" and "Pitch Perfect 2." She also stars in and created the ABC series "Super Fun Night." (ABC has not announced if the show will be picked up for a second season.)

The "Private Benjamin" remake follows the trend of Hollywood studios raiding their back catalogs for properties to be refashioned for new audiences while hoping to lure back moviegoers who have fond memories of the originals.

The first "Private Benjamin" earned Hawn an Oscar nomination for lead actress and was a box-office hit, grossing $70 million. It also spawned a television series that ran from 1981 to 1983.

Mark Gordon ("The To Do List," "2012") is producing the remake, which is in search of a director.

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