Though 2017 saw the release of exactly no movies starring Melissa McCarthy, it’s not like she was taking it easy. Indeed, 2018 will likely see the release of three movies with McCarthy at front-and-center, including The Happytime Murders, her long-awaited, adult-themed collaboration with director Brian Henson. She’ll next be seen in Life of the Party, in which she will co-star with Gillian Jacobs under the direction of her off-screen husband and longtime creative partner Ben Falcone.
The most promising of the three, however, is Can You Ever Forgive Me?, her upcoming comedic melodrama centered on the infamous literary scam run by famed writer Lee Israel (McCarthy). Directed by Marielle Heller, the promising filmmaker behind The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the film tells of Israel’s minor criminal enterprise of forging the words of dead celebrities on small notes and memos to raise prices on collectors to help her make a living in New York after her latest books fail to sell. The first trailer for the movie, which you can take a look at below, suggests that Heller isn’t scared to look at the darker corners of Israel’s impulses but it’s unclear if she can harness the fury and frustration that has driven McCarthy’s brilliant work in Bridesmaids, Spy, and as Sean Spicer on SNL. That being said, Heller and McCarthy are working with a script by Nicole Holofcener, who has rarely faltered, either in film or TV. Fingers crossed, folks!
Here’s the trailer for Can You Ever Forgive Me?: