Trailer For Mindy Kaling’s Sundance Hit ‘Late Night’

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Late Night Trailer

It’s not much of a secret that the world of late night comedy is dominated by men, and mostly white men. Enter Late Night, the Sundance breakout hit written by and starring Mindy Kaling and directed by Nisha Ganatra, where Emma Thompson stars as Katherine Newberry, the lone woman hosting her own late night show. However, Katherine’s role hasn’t exactly broken the glass ceiling as her writing staff is entirely populated by white men (half of which, I assume, went Harvard). In an attempt to stifle bad press, Katherine and her staff shake things up by bringing in Molly (Kaling), and suddenly a new perspective injects new life into a fledgling show.

After picking up the film at Sundance, Amazon Studios is poised for another big comedy hit as they’re hoping that Late Night can replicate a previous Sundance comedy hit in The Big Sick. Late Night features an all-star cast in support of Thompson and Kaling with John Lithgow, Amy Ryan, Max Casella, Hugh Dancy, John Lithgow, Denis O’Hare, and Reid Scott.

There may be no women currently hosting late night comedy shows but at least when can imagine a more equitable world when Amazon Studios brings Late Night to theaters on June 7, 2019.

The official synopsis for Late Night:

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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