20th Century Fox has released a new clip for Melissa McCarthy‘s espionage comedy Spy. Since skyrocketing in popularity with Bridesmaids, McCarthy has spent the last few years pigeonholed as the dimwitted, foul-mouthed protagonist. But, as fans of Gilmore Girls have always known, McCarthy is at her best when she’s playing a character with backbone and competence.
Director Paul Feig knows this too. On their previous collaborations, Bridesmaids and The Heat, Feig gave McCarthy characters that were loud-mouthed and occasionally grotesque, but capable and self-sufficient. It looks like he’s done it again with Spy, which stars McCarthy as a desk-bound CIA agent who’s the brains behind Jude Law’s 007-esque superspy. The new clip does a great job of setting up the dynamic between the two and showcasing how the comedy will riff on the trappings of the spy genre. Spy premiered to positive reviews at SXSW (check out Perri’s review here), and I can’t wait to check it out when it hits theaters June 5th.
Spy stars Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Peter Serafinowicz, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney and Morena Baccarin.
Here’s the official synopsis for Spy.
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.