New ‘Late Night’ Trailer Has Mindy Kaling Coming to Save Emma Thompson’s Talk Show

     May 1, 2019

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Amazon Studios has released a new Late Night trailer. The upcoming comedy stars Emma Thompson as Katherine Newberry, an acclaimed late night talk show host whose show has fallen into bland complacency. To bring some new life to her homogeneous writing staff, she hires Molly (Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the film), a chemical plant worker who has a knack for comedy. Together, they fight to revitalize the show and save Katherine from being replaced by the network.

I caught the movie at Sundance earlier this year and was absolutely taken with it. This trailer plays by traditional rom-com beats, and it should! Late Night is basically a rom-com, except instead of the romance being about personal intimacy, it’s about the workplace and how Katherine and Molly compliment each other. I found Late Night to be an utter delight, and I can’t wait to see it again.

Check out the new Late Night trailer below. The film opens June 7th.

Here’s the official synopsis for Late Night:

After almost 30 years, a groundbreaking talk-show host suspects she may soon be losing her coveted seaton 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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