Mindy Kaling is a “splash of color” on an otherwise gray slate in the first trailer for “Late Night,” the Sundance hit that stars Emma Thompson as a legendary late night talk show host.
The only problem is, in what’s meant to be her final year on the air, Thompson finds her entire writing staff is white and male, so she makes a point to clean house and takes on Kaling as her first female writer. It’s up to Kaling to help Thompson transform her show before the network feels she’s grown stale. She “needs” Kaling.
“You love me … I mean not in those words,” Kaling says. “No, I didn’t say it in any of those words,” Thompson barks back.
“Late Night” was written by Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra, who has already been tapped to direct a romance called “Covers” for Universal after a long career in TV.
Amy Ryan, John Lithgow, Reid Scott and Ike Barinholtz also star in the comedy, which Amazon felt so strongly in, they nabbed it out of Sundance for $13 million.
Now they’re hoping it will be a summer hit, releasing it in theaters on June 7.
Watch the first trailer for “Late Night” above.