Amazon Studios released the first trailer for “Late Night,” the critically acclaimed comedy from the Sundance Film Festival.
Oscar winner Emma Thompson stars as Katherine Newbury, the only woman hosting a late-night network talk show. Under threat of cancellation, she must make drastic changes to save her show. Mindy Kaling, who wrote the script, also stars as the first female staff writer. Kaling’s breakthrough came on the long-running NBC sitcom, “The Office,” followed by her own series, “The Mindy Project.” She has moved into films and appeared last year in both “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Ocean’s 8.”
The cast for “Late Night” also includes John Lithgow, Amy Ryan, Ike Barinholtz, Hugh Dancy, and Denis O’Hare.
Due to the positive reviews, Amazon purchased the film for $13 million, therefore making it the highest amount ever paid at Sundance for a film written and directed by women. The previous record was set a year before when Netflix bought “Mudbound” for $12.5M. Amazon Studios made waves in 2017 with “The Big Sick,” receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Our review called it “laugh-out-loud funny and charming” as well as a “pure delight.” While the trailer doesn’t give away any huge comedic moments, it’s safe to assume they’re hiding them before the film is released, which is always great to see.
Director Nisha Gantara makes this her first feature since 2005’s “Cake.” Since then, she’s directed a handful of episodes of television. Most noteworthy, the hilarious “Brooklyn 99” and the suspenseful “Mr. Robot.”
It’s also important to note that Thompson is receiving a bit of Oscar buzz for this role. This would make it her first nomination in over 20 years since 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility.” Along with a script by Kaling, this will certainly be one to keep an eye on as it makes its way to theaters and enters the awards conversation.