Melissa McCarthy starred earlier this year in Spy, a comedy film written and directed by Paul Feig. The movie did well at the box office and among critics, and McCarthy is reteaming with Feig once more, to star in his Ghostbusters reboot alongside Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Always highly regarded as a fine comedy actress, McCarthy is set to bring the big laughs once more in her latest film.
“My name is Michelle Darnell and I am the wealthiest woman in America.” So begins the trailer for The Boss (which was formally titled Michelle Darnell), which stars McCarthy as Darnell (a character of her own creation); a hard-headed, hard-hitting business woman who loses everything when she is sent to prison for insider trading. Upon her release from jail, she is intent on rebranding herself but given the amount of people in her life that she has screwed over, that might prove a little difficult. You can watch said trailer, above.
Written by McCarthy and Ben Falcone (Tammy), with Steve Mallory, The Boss is directed by Falcone and co-stars Kristen Bell (Frozen, Veronica Mars), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) Kathy Bates (American Horror Story) and Cecily Strong (SNL). The film was produced by McCarthy and Falcone through On the Day productions and Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through Gary Sanchez Productions.
Check out the poster for The Boss, below:
A lot can be made of the great storyline in The Boss; successful, ruthless female entrepreneur who learns (or doesn’t learn) to become more compassionate after nearly losing it all. She is shown compassion, albeit reluctantly, by Bell’s character, Claire, who works tirelessly for Darnell’s company and is also a single mom. In turn, Darnell puts her business skills to good use by starting her own Brownie empire. So yes, the plot is strong, but it’s the gags which really lift this film and make the trailer one of the funniest we’ve seen in a while.
The Boss trailer is packed full of visual hilarities and quick-witted one liners, from the all out turf war over Girl-Scout cookie sales, to the brilliant Pinocchio gag at the end. If the movie can produce plenty of these laughs throughout, it might just turn out to be another hit for McCarthy.
The Boss will be released in U.S. theaters on April 8th, 2016.
Source: Universal Pictures