John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Veep‘s Reid Scott and I, Tonya actor Paul Walter Hauser have come aboard the comedy feature Late Night, written by Mindy Kaling, who also stars alongside Emma Thompson. Nisha Ganatra is attached to direct the project, which follows a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling), who revitalizes her show and her life.
Filming is slated to begin next week, with Kaling producing the pic alongside Howard Klein, Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation Entertainment, which is handling international sales as well as financing the project with 30WEST. In addition, 30WEST and CAA are repping the U.S. rights.
Lithgow joins the film after recently starring in FilmNation’s Beatriz at Dinner with Salma Hayek and Connie Britton, as well as Daddy’s Home 2 and Netflix’s The Crown, which earned him an Emmy. Dancy, perhaps best known for his starring role in NBC’S Hannibal and more recently Hulu’s The Path, hasn’t appeared on the big screen since Sony Classics’ 2012 limited release of period romantic comedy Hysteria.
Scott just wrapped production on the hotly anticipated Ruben Fleischer-directed Venom standalone at Sony and soon will begin production on the seventh and final season of HBO’s Emmy-winning series Veep. Hauser next will be seen in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman for Focus Features and Blumhouse.
Lithgow is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and attorney Walter Teller; Dancy by UTA and United Agents; Scott by Impression Entertainment, Gersh, and Stone, Genow; Hauser by CAA and Principato-Young Entertainment.