After premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January, Amazon purchased distribution rights for Late Night. Written by Mindy Kaling, the film takes on white privilege, entitlement, and a culture veering toward crassness and conservatism. Challenging the limitations placed on women in power, the film delivers a sophisticated comedy that champions a new order centering the strengths of women and diverse voices.
Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!—Molly (Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.
John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Denis O’Hare, Max Casella, Ike Barinholtz and Megalyn Echikunwoke also star. Paul Feig was originally tapped to direct but dropped out to scheduling conflicts. Nisha Ganatra stepped in to fill the vacancy.
Late Night arrives in theaters on June 7. Check out the trailer below.
Late Night Movie Trailer