Rebel Wilson to appear in Jennifer Saunders’ ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ movie

Saunders cast the 'Pitch Perfect' actress after she wrote to her asking for a part

Jennifer Saunders has revealed that her Absolutely Fabulous film will “probably” start shooting this autumn.

Having confirmed in January that she had finished the first draft of the film’s script, Saunders gave an update on the project during an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women yesterday (April 28).

Explaining why it has taken her so long to write a big-screen spin-off, Saunders said: “I didn’t do it for a while because I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be awful if it was awful’. But now we’re all so old … Joanna [Lumley] says ‘do it before we all die’.”

“There is a plot and that’s the miracle,” Saunders continued. “It involves all the main characters and virtually everyone that’s ever been in the series – all those characters and we’re in London and sometimes we might go to the South of France, I’m hoping. I’m waiting for the budget. It could be anywhere. If it’s a big budget it will be the Bahamas. I’ve got another deadline on May 8th, and then we’ll probably do it in the autumn.”

Created and written by Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous debuted on BBC One in 1992 and has now followed the glamorously boozy exploits of PR guru Edina Monsoon and magazine editor Patsy Stone for 39 episodes. The show last returned for a series of three specials airing on Christmas Day 2011, New Year’s Day 2012 and July 23, 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.

Over the years the show has attracted numerous guest stars from the world of music, with Debbie Harry, Elton John, La Roux’s Elly Jackson, Marianne Faithfull and Rufus Wainwright all popping up for cameo appearances. Saunders has previously revealed that Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson will appear in the film after she wrote to Saunders requesting a part.