Melissa McCarthy to Play Literary Forger Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

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Melissa McCarthy just landed another starring movie role. According to Variety, McCarthy has signed on to star in a dark comedy directed by Diary of a Teenage Girl’s Marielle Heller called Can You Ever Forgive Me? based on Lee Israel’s memoir of the same name. Here’s more on the role from Variety:

McCarthy will portray Israel, who made her living in the 1970s and ’80s writing profiles of stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead, cosmetics executive Estee Lauder, and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When she was no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turned to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack, and began selling letters that she had forged from deceased writers and actors. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned to stealing the actual letters from library archives and sold them. In 1993, Israel pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property and served six months under house arrest. She died in 2014.

McCarthy next hits the big screen in Ghostbusters, and she has another movie in the works with Ben Falcone called Life of the Party.

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