Melissa McCarthy directing ‘Tammy’ with Susan Sarandon as her grandmother

By Daniel Levine,

Melissa McCarthy may be enjoying incredible success in front of the camera, but the Identity Thief star is ready to go behind the camera for her next project Tammy. She will direct the film with her husband, Ben Falcone and Susan Sarandon has joined the project as her grandmother.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarandon is in talks to star and Kathy Bates, another Oscar winner, has also joined the project. The film, with a raunchy script from Falcone and McCarthy, tells the story of a woman who just lost her fast food job and discovers that her husband is cheating on her. So, she decides to take a road trip with her foul-mouthed grandmother (Sarandon). There’s also a lesbian (Bates) who is there to save them from time to time.

McCarthy spoke about casting Sarandon in the project to Entertainment Weekly on Thursday and also talked about not getting Shirley MacLaine for the role.

“It didn’t work out but I think it’s meant to be,” she said. “It’s Susan, Susan, Susan. We’re putting together a cast that literally makes my head spin.”

McCarthy confirmed that pre-production is underway and that she and Falcone are doing location scouting in North Carolina.

“It’s nuts!” she said about directing with her husband. “Probably twice a day we look at each other and go ‘Is this happening?!’ and it actually is. It seems like I’ve literally hit my head and don’t know it yet.”

Filming starts on May 6. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are co-producing.

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