rebel wilson will host the 2022 baftas.

the australian actor, who has appeared in hits including bridesmaids, pitch perfect and jojo rabbit, will take charge of the event at the royal albert hall.

Amanda Berry, Bafta's chief executive, said : "Rebel has stolen the show at several previous film awards, and we ’ re hugely excited to see her bring her fantastic charisma and humour to the whole show."

Wilson reacted with a statement in which she referenced a number of topical issues, including the controversy over her recent weight loss.

she said : "it's going to be so much fun!

i don't wan na put any pressure on this – i know i'm not going to be funny because i am no longer fat.

“ And besides, I ’ m not going to 'sweat-it ’ with nerves because I have a peculiar medical condition where I can ’ t sweat ... or cause offence to people because of my adorable Australian accent.

Presenters: Last year's BAFTAs were hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary who had to socially distance and there was no audience in attendance

"so basically i 'll just be there to hang out with dame judi dench and together we ’ ll both try and bond with daniel craig.

And yes, I do mean 'bond ’.

'This show will be an anniversary celebration of some important British film franchises such as HARRY POTTER and not such as CATS.

Everybody ’ s going to love it, I ’ m sure !"

Upcoming: Nominations are currently under wraps and will be revealed on February 3, following the EE Rising Star nominations on February 1 (pictured are last year's hosts Dermot and Edith)

Bafta will also have to compete with the Critics Choice awards, which recently announced that it had rescheduled its Los Angeles-based event to the same night as the Baftas, resulting in potential schedule conflicts for a number of film industry figures who are likely to be nominated for both.

In a statement about the news, Rebel- who recently lost 35kg- hilariously quipped' I won't be funny because I'm no longer fat' while also joking about Prince Andrew not being able to sweat.

"i am very honoured to be hosting the ee british academy film awards in march, where covid will no longer exist because it will clearly have been canceled by then.

See you guys March 13th ! '

'I won't be funny because I'm no longer fat': Rebel Wilson has confirmed she will host the BAFTAs 2022 as she poked fun at her 5.5 stone weight loss - and even threw a jibe at Prince Andrew

The Baftas are set to take place on Sunday, March 13 at the Royal Albert Hall and will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The Australian actress will present the awards on 13 March, taking over from previous hosts of the event Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary.

The shortlist for the BAFTA Film Awards will be revealed on 3 February, with longlist going out earlier in the week.

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