There always comes a point in the career of a celebrated comedic actor when they decide to shake things up with a serious role, and for Melissa McCarthy, that time appears to be now, with the literary drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The trailer for the film, based on the true story of con artist Lee Israel, arrived this weekend, and fortunately, it looks pretty great, showing a new, darker side of McCarthy’s talents. (Darker than that time she played a spooky goth girl in The Life Of David Gale, obviously).
A well-known writer in the 1970s and 80s, Lee Israel’s career went into decline later in life, and she embarked on a criminal career, stealing and later forging letters from deceased writers and actors and selling them on to collectors.
The film is directed by Marielle Heller of Secret Diary Of A Teenage Girl, and stars Richard E Grant alongside Melissa McCarthy. You can check out the trailer below:
McCarthy, who did not star in a major movie in 2017, has a number of releases slated for this year, including Life Of The Party, about a middle-aged housewife who goes back to college and ends up in the same classes as her daughter.
She also stars in The Happytime Murders, which comes from Brian Henson, the son of late Muppets creator Jim Henson, and tells the story of an grizzled puppet detective investigating a series of puppet murders in Los Angeles.