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Melissa McCarthy will star in Super-Intelligence, New Line’s action comedy that has Ben Falcone coming on board to direct.
The project was set up last year with McCarthy and Falcone as producers via their On the Day banner. Super-Intelligence will mark the married team’s fourth collaboration in an actor-director capacity, following the comedies Tammy (2014), The Boss (2016) and the upcoming Life of the Party (all but The Boss for New Line).
McCarthy will play Carol Peters, a former corporate executive whose earnest yet unfulfilled life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by the world’s first super-intelligence — an artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.
The movie, written by Steve Mallory, who also penned McCarthy and Falcone’s The Boss, is scheduled to begin production in July.
Before shooting Super-Intelligence, McCarthy will film New Line’s The Kitchen, which also stars Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss. That project, which as a crime drama offers McCarthy a chance to flex some dramatic (and violent) chops, is an adaptation of the female-fronted DC/Vertigo comic book series.
McCarthy and Falcone’s Life of the Party is set to bow May 11. McCarthy also stars in the true story of celebrity biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in Fox Searchlight’s Can You Ever Forgive Me, which is slated open Oct. 19.
McCarthy and Falcone are repped by CAA and MGMT.
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