‘Tammy’ Stars Kathy Bates and Melissa McCarthy Reuniting for ‘Michelle Darnell’
Following the news that Peter Dinklage has found a director for his leprechaun comedy comes an update on his other upcoming project, Melissa McCarthy’s Michelle Darnell. McCarthy’s Tammy co-star (and generally awesome actor) Kathy Bates will star alongside McCarthy and Dinklage in Michelle Darnell, taking the role of Michelle’s mentor, which means we might see Bates get to do some Oprah-esque acting.
THR reports that Bates will reunite with her Tammy co-star McCarthy (and Tammy director, Ben Falcone) for Michelle Darnell, in which she’ll play Michelle’s tough and successful mentor, who’s also a bit on the quirky side. Love or hate Tammy, Bates’ scenes with McCarthy were the highlights of that film, and we’re eager to see the pair team up for something that’s hopefully a bit more solid and consistent.
Michelle Darnell stars McCarthy as an immensely successful businesswoman who gets busted and sent to prison for insider trading. After she’s released, she sets about trying to reinvent herself in the public eye, attempting to reconcile with the people whose lives she’s messed up with the help of an assistant. Dinklage plays an antagonistic role in the film.
McCarthy co-wrote and is co-producing Michelle Darnell with her husband, actor Ben Falcone, who will also direct the film. This is just one of the few projects the pair have in the works, including Just Do It, about a wife who attempts to repair her marriage by having sex with her husband 100 days in a row.
McCarthy is also set to reunite with Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, and she’ll portray iconic fairy Tinker Bell in a new movie from Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.