Comedic chameleon Kate McKinnon is circling what could be one of her first feature lead roles in the CBS Films comedy SENIOR YEAR. The R-rated comedy, which landed on both the 2015 Hit List and Black List, was penned by Andrew Knauer and Arthur Pielli. The writers also earned spots on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, as the script became one of the first major spec sales of last year.
Cut from the same cloth as Big, the comedy is set in 1997 and tells the story of Ruby, the most popular girl in her high school. She’s the captain of the cheerleading squad, dating the quarterback and is well on her way to becoming the prom queen. Girls want to be her and guys want to be with her. She has it all — until she falls off the top of the cheerleading pyramid and goes into a coma. Fast forward 20 years later and Ruby finally wakes up from her coma as a 37-year-old woman. She goes back to her high school and tries to assume her role as the star of her school. Most of all, she is still set on winning the crown as prom queen.
With McKinnon’s meteoric rise in popularity on Saturday Night Live – work which has earned her three Emmy nominations – her career continues to build momentum. She notably landed a coveted role in Paul Feig’s highly-anticipated reboot of Ghostbusters, opposite Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Jones. Senior Year, which would mark her first starring role in a feature, seems like the perfect fit for the sketch comedy veteran, who is known for her wide-eyed ability to hilariously commit to her performance no matter how radical, delusional, or awkward the character.
McKinnon recently appeared in the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy, Sisters. She currently lends her voice to the animated TV series Nature Cat as well as the upcoming feature Angry Birds and Pixar’s Finding Dory. She can be seen next in Masterminds with Wiig and Zach Galifianakis and in the ensemble holiday comedy Office Christmas Party starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer