Emma Thompson is a late night host looking to reinvent her image when Mindy Kaling miraculously walks through her door in Late Night

By Ale Russian
March 07, 2019 11:37 AM
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The world of late night TV is getting the Emma Thompson treatment.

The iconic British actress, 59, plays a host in desperate need of help in Late Night, a new comedy written by Mindy Kaling, 39, who also acts opposite Thompson in the film.

The movie, which was picked up by Amazon Studios for a staggering $13 million at the Sundance Film Festival in January, follows as Thompson is told she’s in her last year of hosting her long-running late night talk show due to bad ratings. So she takes a leap and hires Kaling to take on a more important role in her writing staff mostly filled with white men.

Credit: Amazon Studios

“What exactly is wrong with my bits?” Thompson asks Kaling in the trailer.

“You’re a little old and a little white,” Kaling carefully says, prompting Thompson to reply, “Well, what can I do about that?”

The trailer is also filled with jokes outlining the patriarchal atmosphere Kaling is thrust into, like when I, Tonya standout Paul Walter Houser boils her down as a diversity hire.

“I wish I was a woman of color so I can get any job I want,” Houser says, before the hilarious John Early (Search Party) sets him straight: “We talked about this, you can’t say that.”

Still, the Mindy Project star won’t let them get her down.

“I know what everyone thinks of me. But just because I was lucky enough to get this job doesn’t mean I’m stupid enough to lose it,” Kaling tells the charming Hugh Dancy, also a writer on the show.

Late Night is set to hit theaters on June 7.