‘Late Night’ Trailer: Mindy Kaling is a Diversity Hire for Emma Thompson’s Talk Show

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Take a look at the official trailer released for Late Night, an upcoming comedy starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.

The film is set on the late-night talk-show circuit and follows Molly (Kaling), who’s joined an all-male writers’ room as the “diversity hire”, and difficult talk-show host Katherine Newbury (Thompson), who has to face her difficult ways when the network announces she’s to be replaced.

It’s a little like The Devil Wears Prada meets 30 Rock, which means this could be an amusing and knowing industry comedy — if it doesn’t swing its finger-pointing too hard. At least from this trailer, it looks amiable, and a Thompson-Kaling pairing is certainly appealing. The film received quite positive reviews following its Sundance premiere. Looking forward to it.

Amy Ryan, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy and Ike Barinholtz also star in Late Night, which Kaling wrote and Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) directed. The film will hit US cinemas on June 7 and arrives in Australia on July 25.

Official synopsis for Late Night:

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!—Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

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