Melissa McCarthy has always had range beyond the pratfalls she's most well-known for. In this fall's Can You Ever Forgive Me?, she gets an opportunity for both a leading part, and one that's got a lot more for her to do than simply "be funny."
McCarthy plays Lee Israel, the real-life celebrity biographer who resorted to forging and stealing letters from famous folks when she had trouble getting published. This dramedy tells the story from that fraudulent period of her life, and her tenuous friendship with her drinking buddy Jack (in a role that Richard E. Grant is sure to luxuriate in).
The film looks like it will follow the same balance of humor and drama that made the 2007 film The Hoax such a delight. (There, Richard Gere played Clifford Irving, who wrote a fabricated biography of Howard Hughes.) Co-written by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and newcomer Matt Whitty, this is the second film from writer-director Marielle Heller, who received a lot of acclaim for her adaptation of The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? opens this fall, but will almost certainly play some of the bigger festivals before its wide release.