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Melissa McCarthy To Play Paul Feig’s New Lady James Bond?
by Brooke Jaffe | 11:00 am, July 26th, 2013
Bridesmaids and The Heat director-producer Paul Feig has expressed interest in making a James Bond parody film in the past, but only now are we hearing rumors about the casting! The lovely and hilarious Melissa McCarthy is his choice for the role, and we think she’d be perfect.
Under the cut for details about the film’s plot!
Susan Cooper would be a comedy about a woman spy (the titular character) going about her secret-agent activities– but rather than a straight-up action flick, it would be a funny, physical parody of the secret-agent genre’s tropes. Expect lots of slapstick physical humor, “Bond girl”-esque men, a slinky theme song, and lots of McCarthy getting her badass on.
To put it in standardized test terms: Susan Cooper is to James Bond films as the The Heat is to the buddy-cop genre.
What’s fun to note is that McCarthy is the kind of comedian who can carry a film like this– which is not something that would have been expected of funny-women in the past. As a female comedian who is a starring, scene-stealing presence in some of the most recent hits to date, however, she and Feig are fronting what feels like some real progress in casting in major cinema. It’s hard to ignore their overwhelming success.
Susan Cooper sounds like the lady-fronted James Bond parody we’ve always needed but never had the chance to make a reality. Based on the great reception of Feig’s last films I’d wager that it would do well in the box office, too. I mean, I would watch that movie. Wouldn’t you?