Kathy Bates has joined Melissa McCarthy in Universal’s upcoming comedy Michelle Darnell.
McCarthy is toplining the movie, which will shoot in March with McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, in the director’s chair.
The script, written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator Steve Mallory, centers on a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to re-brand herself as America’s latest sweetheart with the help of a former assistant, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Bates will play McCarthy’s tough, wealthy and eccentric mentor, whom McCarthy’s character wants so badly to emulate.
A “work in progress” cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, starring and written by Amy Schumer, plus the premiere of director Paul Feig’s upcoming Melissa McCarthy action-comedy, Spy, are among the blockbuster titles set to bow at this year’s South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival.
Organizers of the 22nd edition of the annual Austin meet-up, which runs from March 15 to 21, unveiled a diverse slate of 145 films — the most in SXSW history — including 60 from first-time filmmakers and 100 world premieres. The number of films eligible for prizes in juried competition is up to 20 — four more than in previous years.
Billy Gardell Directs Melissa McCarthy Directing Herself: McCarthy and Gardell walked the carpet together, and five seasons into their roles as the titular characters, it’s safe to say they know each other better than they do themselves. “When I was directing, I’d look at [Billy], and say, ‘Is this crazy? Do I look like an idiot?” laughed McCarthy. “And I know that he’ll always tell me. I never question it. If we’re doing something, and he can tell I’m overwhelmed, he’ll say, ‘Take a minute. Breathe!’ and I do it. He’s the only one I listen to.”
Some new event photos added to the Melissa McCarthy Source Gallery from the CBS’ Mike and Molly 100 Episode Celebration.
THR is reporting that Melissa and some amazing ladies are joining the Ghostbusters cast – read about it HERE