Melissa McCarthy Plays Master Forger Lee Israel in First Trailer for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Video)

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

You have to hand it to Melissa McCarthy. For every lowbrow comedy like Identity Thief or Life of the Party, she pushes herself with a St. Vincent or something even more dramatic like ?, her new Fox Searchlight movie that just unveiled its first trailer.

The film tells the true story of bestselling celebrity biographer — and friend to cats — Lee Israel (McCarthy), who made her living in the ’70s and ’80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

Jane Curtin co-stars alongside McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, as well as Dolly Wells, Stephen Spinella and Anna Deavere Smith.

Marielle Heller directed the film, which was written by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, who adapted Israel’s own memoir. Producers include Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas and David Yarnell. Fox Searchlight will release the film this fall, so watch the trailer below and let us know if you think McCarthy will wind up in the awards conversation with her performance here.

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