After numerous onscreen comedic roles, it looks as though Melissa McCarthy is getting set to try something new with a musical debut in the upcoming Christmas film, Margie Claus. The announcement comes as McCarthy’s diverse list of forthcoming projects continues to grow, with her recent inclusion in the dark puppet comedy The Happytime Murders as well as next year’s Life of the Party and Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Last year McCarthy starred in The Boss, a small comedy that produced mediocre box office results and not much critical acclaim, but still managed to enjoy a decent audience response. Her turn in Universal’s Ghostbusters reboot as Abby Yates was arguably one of that film’s highlights and while Ghostbusters was (and continues to be) mired in controversy, McCarthy has moved on in search of new ways to make audiences laugh.
As such, it appears McCarthy has decided to up the ante and do some onscreen singing. News of her role in the musical Christmas comedy Margie Claus comes courtesy of The Wrap, who has also revealed that McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, will direct the film for New Line. This isn’t the first time the couple has teamed up, with Falcone having directed McCarthy in 2014’s Tammy, 2016’s The Boss and the aforementioned Life of the Party.
At present there isn’t much to go on in terms of plot for Margie Claus other than it being a musical Christmas comedy. Falcone will write the script alongside actor Damon Jones (Tammy, The Boss), meaning that Margie Claus will be the first of Falcone’s directorial efforts that isn’t co-written with McCarthy. Audiences haven’t had too many opportunities to see Melissa McCarthy sing, though the few instances when she has -- some might remember the all too brief duet with Susan Sarandon in Tammy, for example – have been nothing short of hilarious. And if the title is anything to go by, it’s likely that Margie Claus will have some sort of direct relation to the most famous Claus of all.
Whether or not you happen to be interested Margie Claus or are a fan of Melissa McCarthy, she deserves credit for consistently making the effort to take her comedy to new places. Having co-written many of her own roles, McCarthy has repeatedly proven that she’s a talented comedian and performer. Taking on a musical role – particularly a comedic one -- is a bold move in this cinematic era of sequels, reboots, and CG extravaganzas. It’s great to see someone so invested in making people laugh, regardless of what her past efforts have or haven’t done.
Though there’s currently no word on what demographic the film will be aiming at, if it’s a Christmas movie, the smart bet is for it to be family friendly. This might limit McCarthy’s ability to be the often raunchy and explosive comedic force that many fans know and love her for, but a fun, family Christmas movie with plenty of music and laughs could do wonders for the holiday season.
Margie Claus is planned for a November 2019 release.
Source: The Wrap