Emma Thompson plays a late night talk show host who hires a female staff writer (Mindy Kaling) in the official trailer for the comedy Late Night. While she's recently appeared in films ranging from A Wrinkle in Time to Ocean's Eight, Kaling is probably still best known for her role as Kelly Kapoor on The Office and/or her turn as Mindy Lahiri on The Mindy Project. She was also a writer/director on The Office and created The Mindy Project, in addition to serving as one of its head producers and star. Kaling once again pulls double-duty on Late Night, which she both wrote and costars in.
Thompson stars in Late Night as Katherine Newbury, a late night talk show host who discovers that she's on the verge of losing her program. In an effort to reinvigorate the show and its ratings, Katherine hires a new female writer in the form of Molly Patel (Kaling). The movie premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival back in January and was quickly picked up by Amazon Studios for theatrical distribution. With the film's release date just a few months away now, Amazon has gotten its marketing campaign up and running.
Amazon dropped the Late Night official trailer online this morning, ahead of the movie's release in theaters on Friday, June 7. You can check it out in the space below.
Obviously, this is just a promo, but one can already see why Late Night is being compared to The Devil Wears Prada, between the first trailer and the film's premise. Thompson, in this case, is the seasoned professional who's learned to survive in the demanding and typically sexist world of late night television, whereas Kaling is the bright-eyed newcomer who's about to get a crash-course in what show-business is really like. Late Night was generally well-received by the critics who saw it at Sundance and has been praised for being an insightful workplace comedy in the tradition of shows like 30 Rock and, fittingly, The Office. Others, however, feel the movie is relatively toothless and doesn't pack the satirical punch that it's going for.
Amazon spent a whopping $13 million for the Late Night U.S. distribution rights, so it clearly sees the film as a potential crowd-pleaser. The movie looks and sounds promising overall, especially with Thompson and Kaling leading a noteworthy cast that includes John Lithgow, Amy Ryan, Ike Barinholtz, Hugh Dancy, and Vixen's Megalyn Echikunwoke. Late Night director Nisha Ganatra also has a good deal of experience working on witty and politically-conscious comedy TV shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Dear White People under her belt, which further bodes well here.
Source: Amazon Studios