Much has been said about 2015 being the year of the blockbuster, what with the likes of Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and a humble sci-fi project known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens looming on the horizon. But perhaps the most overlooked genre of the bunch is that of the spy genre. Over the next twelve months, moviegoers are in for an espionage buffet that will serve up Sam Mendes’ Spectre, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
And one film that will be rubbing shoulders with these titles in question is Spy, Bridesmaids‘ Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy’s next comedic outing. In it, McCarthy will play the role of Susan Cooper, a CIA agent who soon finds out that a desk in the organization isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. However, when a covert operation requires an unknown identity to step forward — someone who is essentially invisible — Cooper is given her shot at the big time and is tasked with preventing a global catastrophe.
Spy marks McCarthy’s second collaboration with director Feig, following the pair’s work on the aforementioned Bridesmaids and 2013’s surprise hit, The Heat. Both of these projects turned out to be financial hits, tickling a few bellies in the process, though it remains to be seen whether McCarthy and the filmmaker have another hit on their hands this time around.
Spy will see McCarthy exercising brains and brawn when Feig’s film arrives in theaters on May 22, 2015. It will also star Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Peter Serafinowicz, Miranda Hart, and Morena Baccarin.
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.