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Melissa McCarthy: From one of the "Bridesmaids" to "Identity Thief" to ... single mom?
The comedic actress will soon get a chance to show off her range as she's the top choice to join Bill Murray in the dark suburban comedy, "St. Vincent de Van Nuys," according to Deadline.
"St. Vincent" follows a 12-year-old boy who, upon his parents' divorce, strikes up an unlikely friendship with his next-door neighbor: an embittered war veteran (Murray) whose life consists mostly of gambling, drinking and prostitutes. Hopefully, the two men won't be falling in love with the same schoolteacher (though we expect there will be other whimsical complications).
Murray has been attached to the project since last July, with McCarthy currently this close to signing on to play the boy's single mother. As the film has been described as a cross between "As Good As It Gets" and "Silver Linings Playbook" with its deft mixture of humor and human pathos, it could be quite the showcase for McCarthy the Sorta Serious Thespian after playing decidedly over-the-top, vulgar characters in both "Bridesmaids" and "Identity Thief."
Production is set to commence in July under the direction of Ted Melfi, who also wrote the screenplay that caught Murray's eye and inspired an out-of-the-blue phone call from the superstar that went something like, "Ted Melfi, I don't know who you are, but I love your script." That's when you know you've made it, right?
Melissa McCarthy will first shoot "Tammy," which she's set to co-direct with her husband Ben Falcone, and will next be seen in "The Hangover Part III," opening May 24, and "The Heat," opening June 28.