Directed by Indo Canadian Nisha Ganatra, the film also stars Emma Thompson.
This summer, Mindy Kaling is back with a funny, relatable and highly anticipated comedy, titled Late Night. Directed by Golden Globe winner Indo Canadian Nisha Ganatra — who directed and produced the popular TV series Transparent — the film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Released by Amazon Studios, Late Night will hit the theaters across the US on June 7.
Late Night, which also stars Emma Thompson, and is written by Kaling, an Emmy-nominated writer and producer.
The film explores the subject of a groundbreaking talk-show host, who suspects she may soon be losing her coveted seat on late-night television unless she manages a game-changing transformation.
Oscar winner Thompson plays legendary talk-show host Katherine Newberry, who has been a pioneer in her field. She also has to her credit the distinction of being the only woman ever to have a long-running late night program. Carefully maintaining her position and achievements, she keeps her writers’ room on a short leash and ensures they are all male. But she starts getting professional anxiety when her ratings plummet. Even worse, she is now accused of being a “woman who hates women.”
And this is where enters Mindy Kaling.
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Katherine puts gender equality on her to-do list and impulsively hires Molly Patel, played by Kaling. Patel, a chemical plant efficiency expert from suburban Pennsylvania, serves as the first and only female on her writing staff.
With rumors swirling that Katherine is being replaced by a younger, hipper male host, she demands that the writers make her funny and relevant again. A lifelong fan, Molly is determined to prove she’s not just a diversity hire, but the one person who can turn her idol’s career around.
Going against everything Katherine has staked her reputation on, she urges her to make the show more contemporary, authentic and personal, a move that could make Molly’s career ― or send her back to the chemical plant for good.
Interestingly the film connects with immigrants in America on more levels than one. It stars Kaling, who is already idolized by young people of color across the globe, but more importantly it also speaks about the issue of gender diversity – another topic very close to the heart of millennials.
Last month, Netflix announced that it has ordered a coming-of-age comedy series from Kaling.