Emma Thompson Is a Comedian Who Gets Help from Mindy Kaling in Hilarious Late Night Trailer
Emma Thompson is a late night host looking to reinvent her image when Mindy Kaling miraculously walks through her door in Late Night
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.
“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.