Actually it’s Katherine Newbury – doyenne of a late night chat show with its glory days behind it – who blames her, er, tools.
With ratings down, Katherine (Emma Thompson) is told her job is on the line and she’ll be out if she can’t turn things around.
Her all-male, all-white, all-privileged Writing Room are, she thinks, to blame – so it’s time to hire A WOMAN!
Step forward new writer Molly Patel (Mindy Kaling), who has to cope with a stroppy boss, and the all-male, all-white, all-privileged Writing Room incumbents who think she got the job because she’s a woman of colour.
This is a new trailer (and a new poster) for Late Night – but the first for the UK market. (You can see the other trailers here and here.) So far they’ve really built anticipation, both with the trailers and on the festival circuit – and the movie does look hilarious.
Here’s the official synopsis:
LATE NIGHT is the story of legendary late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury (Thompson) who, after years of complacency and declining ratings, finds her show is on the network’s chopping block. Katherine’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first ever female staff writer, Molly Patel (Kaling) who brings fresh eyes and an honest perspective. Katherine’s decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences, as her show is upended by Molly’s passionate, unapologetic, at times outright bizarre approach to comedy and to life. By finally opening up to Molly and to her audience, with warmth, vulnerability (and the occasional menopause joke) Katherine reconnects with both the public and those closest to her.
Late Night is out here on 7 June. Co-stars include Jon Lithgow, Amy Ryan and Hugh Dancy. The movie is directed by Nisha Ganatra – Mindy Kaling also wrote the screenplay.
Watch the UK official trailer for Late Night below.