The Spy Who Dumped Me trailer has arrived. In this first theatrical preview for the anti-Bond Girl parody, Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon are indeed “killing it.”
Directed by Susanna Fogel, the action/comedy stars Kunis as a ghosted girlfriend who discovers her ex, portrayed by The Leftovers' Justin Theroux, has a secret life as an international spy. For extra comedic support, Saturday Night Live's McKinnon plays Kunis’ best friend, and they attempt to resume normal life activities with assassins hot on their trail. The Spy Who Dumped Me was produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and will be distributed by Lionsgate Films. It also stars Outlander's Sam Heughan, comedian Hasan Minhaj, and The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson in supporting roles.
The trailer opens with James Bond-inspired visuals and graphics that read “In 2018, women are killing it.” Throughout the clip, Kunis and McKinnon’s confused characters encounter practical problems while avoiding assassins, like trying to operate a stick shift and using flash drives. Of course, they’re constantly under duress, making each gag slightly more complex. For some extra fun, the trailer includes a brief homage to Jordan Peele’s 2017 film Get Out. There are brooding men, fluorescent weapons and car chases, too. But it appears that The Spy Who Dumped Me’s stars spend most of their time on the ground running.
The film’s director is relatively unknown in Hollywood. In 2014, Fogel released her debut feature Life Partners, a romantic comedy starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, and Adam Brody. She’s also worked in television, directing one episode of the Bella Thorne series Famous in Love in 2017. As EW reported, Fogel has described her new film as “Broad City meets Bourne.” In addition, the release date has been pushed back from July 6 to August 3 due to positive reactions during a test screening, thus aligning The Spy Who Dumped Me with similarly-themed comedies like Girls Trip and Trainwreck, both of which premiered in mid to late July.
Given Kunis’ recent success with Bad Moms and A Bad Moms Christmas, she’s an ideal co-star to complement a sketch comedy performer like McKinnon. For female audiences, representation may be an issue in the long run, yet both stars have the comedic chops and likability factor to overcome casting critiques. And while popular comedies like Bridesmaids, Trainwreck and Girls Trip received an American setting, The Spy Who Dumped Me offers a more glamorous visual aesthetic with its international narrative. Most importantly, though, the trailer suggests that both leads have comedic chemistry - a testament to Fogel’s instincts after casting Kunis without initially testing her alongside McKinnon.