Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson comedy

For the past five years, Mindy Kaling has been writing a pretty good role for herself with The Mindy Project. She’s been keeping busy with the Hulu comedy, but lately, she’s been lining up some high-profile acting gigs, including Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time and Gary RossOcean’s 11 spinoff Ocean’s 8. The actress, writer, and producer has just created another impressive job for herself: co-starring in a movie with Emma Thompson.

Below, learn more about the new Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson comedy.

The untitled film would star Thompson as a veteran late-night talk show host. The host is “in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer,” played by Kaling. Kaling’s story is described as a mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Broadcast News (not a bad combination). Variety reports the comedy doesn’t have a studio attached, but Kaling’s script is expected to launch a bidding war. Already several bidders are interested in the package. The untitled film would star Thompson as a veteran late-night talk show host. The host is “in danger of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer,” played by Kaling. Kaling’s story is described as a mix of The Devil Wears Prada and Broadcast News (not a bad combination).

Kaling, Howard Klein, and Scott Rudin are producing the film. Rudin, of course, is the powerhouse producer behind The Social NetworkInside Llewyn Davis, and plenty of other familiar titles. He currently has Denzel Washington‘s adaptation of Fences and Todd FieldsShowtime series Purity coming up. Kaling has been collaborating with Howard Klein for years. Klein, who’s also Kaling’s manager, has worked as an executive producer on Jessica JonesParks and RecreationThe Office, and The Mindy Project.

This project is good news, for Kaling’s fans and, most notably, herself. There’s plenty of instances of Kaling praising Thompson in the past. She called the Thompson-scripted adaptation of Sense & Sensibility one of her favorite movies, and she cited the writer and actress’ work on that film as a major inspiration. She once told THR:

[After seeing Sense & Sensibility] I had to look up what [adapted screenplay] meant, and thought, “That’s what I want to do.”

The fact that Kaling now gets to act with and write for an idol of hers is, without question, pretty damn neat. Plus, Thompson has great comedic timing onscreen. To see and hear her bring some of Kaling’s writing to life could be incredibly funny, especially with Kaling co-starring. She hasn’t starred in any studio movies, but The Mindy Project proves time and time again she’s more than capable of playing a leading role.

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