After laying siege to wedding plans in Bridesmaids and infiltrating the FBI with Sandra Bullock for The Heat, director Paul Feig’s and Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedic collaboration will see the talented duo tackle the CIA for Spy, an espionage flick that will have the actress assume the role of a bumbling analyst known as Susan Cooper.
Restricted behind a desk against her best wishes, Cooper dreams of kicking ass and taking names on the frontlines of the organization. And so, when a covert operation requires an unknown quantity to take charge, it’s up to McCarthy’s unlikely hero to step up to the plate in order to infiltrate a deadly arms dealer and help recover her partner in crime (Jude Law).
As we alluded to earlier, each of Feig’s previous two films with McCarthy turned out to be financial hits; particularly The Heat, which surprised many when it drew in close to $160 in the domestic box office. That doesn’t necessarily cement Spy‘s box office credentials, though, as it only takes one look at last year’s financial flop, Tammy, for evidence of the actress’ missteps. Even still, with Feig at the helm, we’re holding out hope that the espionage romp proves to be deliver on its promise.
Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Peter Serafinowicz, Miranda Hart, and Morena Baccarin round out an impressive cast list for Spy. You can catch McCarthy in action as a wet-behind-her-ears agent when the film makes its bow in theaters on May 22.
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.