Two of the greatest minds in comedy, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy, are finally joining forces — only it may not be much of a laughing matter. The Bridesmaids star has just been tapped to appear alongside Haddish in the mob drama The Kitchen, Variety reports. For those unfamiliar with the title, it actually hails from the Vertigo comic book series that follows three women and the fallout they experience after their Mafia-affiliated husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. They take business into their own hands and end up running their husbands' illegal affairs in 1970's Hell's Kitchen.
As for how Haddish and McCarthy will play the roles, that has yet to be detailed. Considering the players involved, though, it would be a shock if there weren't some jokes involved à la comedic relief. That approach is how director Andrea Berloff handled the script she co-wrote for 2015's Straight Outta Compton. (The Kitchen marks her directorial debut.)
The fact that the film is a drama, however, is likely what attracted Haddish and McCarthy who have talked about branching out of comedy before. Haddish, most recently, revealed her dream would be to make a period drama based on the book Shakespeare's Dark Lady?. " I would like to shoot it as a series," she told Essence. Haddish has also teased the possibility of working with Paul Thomas Anderson. "I’ve been talking to him on the telephone!," she recently said. "I mean, he put his phone number out there, so I had to call. I’ve talked to him a few times and we’re probably gonna work together... "Well, we’ve been talking a lot about Los Angeles, back when Central Avenue was the Sunset Boulevard of L.A. … I don’t know, I don’t know!"
Meanwhile, McCarthy has also made plays to crossover into drama. Last summer it was announced that she would be suiting up as a Boston police offer in a '70s-set drama about the city's first female cop. McCarthy is also co-producing the film with her On the Day company she co-runs with her husband, according to Deadline.
There is not yet a release date for The Kitchen but it can't come soon enough.