New ‘Late Night’ Trailer: Emma Thompson’s Talk Show Hires Mindy Kaling as Its First Female Writer

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The second official trailer has been released for Late Night, an upcoming comedy starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling.

Kaling has also written the screenplay for this comedy, which has her playing Molly Patel, the first female on the all-male writing staff of a late night talk show hosted by the legendary Katherine Newberry (Thompson). As rumours swirl that Katherine may be getting replaced with a younger, hipper male host, Molly makes it her mission to turn her idol’s career around and prove that she’s more than a diversity hire.

It’s a better trailer this time around (the first is HERE), providing more personality and more cushion around its socially aware angles. Kaling is certainly a talented writer, showing off her skills on the television circuit with shows like The Office and The Mindy Project. Fingers crossed for her big screen writing debut, which can only benefit from what looks like an on-point Thompson.

Late Night, also starring Amy Ryan, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy and Ike Barinholtz, hits US cinemas on June 7 and arrives in Australia on July 25.

Official synopsis for Late Night:

After almost 30 years, a groundbreaking talk-show host suspects she may soon be losing her coveted seat on late-night television unless she manages a game-changing transformation in Late Night, the first feature film from Emmy-nominated writer and producer Mindy Kaling.


Legendary talk-show host Katherine Newberry (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson) is a pioneer in her field. The only woman ever to have a long-running program on late night, she keeps her writers’ room on a short leash ― and all male. But when her ratings plummet and she is accused of being a “woman who hates women,” Katherine puts gender equality on her to-do list and impulsively hires Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), a chemical plant efficiency expert from suburban Pennsylvania, 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.

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