'Veep' Actor Timothy Simons Joins Melissa McCarthy's 'Michelle Darnell' (Exclusive)

Timothy Simons - P 2015
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Timothy Simons - P 2015

Ben Falcone is directing the comedy based on a script he wrote with McCarthy and Steve Mallory.

Veep actor Timothy Simons has joined Universal's comedy Michelle Darnell.

The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she finally gets out from behind bars and tries to reinvent her life, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

Kathy Bates, Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage also are starring.

McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone (Tammy), is directing the film based on a script he wrote with McCarthy alongside their Groundlings collaborator, Steve Mallory.

McCarthy and Falcone are producing through their On the Day Productions with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay via their Gary Sanchez Productions. Gary Sanchez’s Chris Henchy also is producing, and Kevin Messick will executive produce. Erik Baiers and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.

Simons plays Jonah Ryan on HBO's popular comedy Veep, and has received two SAG Award nominations for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. His recent film credits include The Interview, Inherent Vice and Draft Day. He'll also be seen in Sony's upcoming Goosebumps film and Joe Swanberg's Digging for Fire, which premiered at Sundance. He's repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney Derek Kroeger.