Melissa McCarthy seems to know the secret to a smooth directorial debut: casting, casting, casting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Susan Sarandon is in talks to join what is already a strong cast, with McCarthy, , Kathy Bates, and MarkDuplass.
McCarthy will co-direct with her husband Ben Falcone; the two also wrote the script together. It’s about “a woman who is laid off from her job at a fast food restaurant, discovers her husband is having an affair and decides to go on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother.”
Shirley MacLaine was long rumored to be playing the grandmother, but apparently the deal never went through. I guess Sarandon is up for that part now? Considering how good Sarandon looks, that will make many grandmothers kind of depressed. Bates, meanwhile, is playing the grandmother’s lesbian friend, who helps the pair out; Duplass plays a man with whom McCarthy develops a “strange relationship.”
Sarandon was most recently seen in “Snitch” and “Cloud Atlas.” She’ll be back onscreen in April in “The Big Wedding,” and has several other projects lined up. Ms. Sarandon is in demand, it seems.