Melissa McCarthy is set to make her directorial debut this year with Tammy, alongside hubby Ben Falcone, working from a script they wrote together. Now she’s started to pull the cast together, with THR saying Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates are in talks to join the film, with Deadline adding that Mark Duplass has also signed up.
The screenplay is about a woman (McCarthy) who loses her job at a fast food restaurant and then finds out her husband is cheating on her. She goes on a road trip with her foul-mouthed, hard-drinking grandmother (Sarandon) to escape the problems in her life.
Shirley MacLaine was apparently in talks for the grandmother role, but that didn’t work out, and so Sarandon is on the process of stepping in. Kathy Bates meanwhile will be ‘the grandmother’s lesbian friend who saves the duo from some bad spots’. Duplass meanwhile is a man who McCarthy meets and develops a strange relationship with during the trip.
The film will shoot this spring.