With The Kitchen, we get an opportunity to see three of the most exciting actresses currently working stretch their legs into new territories, this time around an adaptation of a Vertigo miniseries.
The Kitchen, created by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, tells the tale of the wives of recently jailed Irish mobsters who decide to take matters of their husband’s work into their own hands and end up developing quite a taste for a life of crime.
The adaptation, which has been in development since 2017, is directed by Andrea Berloff, who also wrote the screenplay. You might recognize her name for her work on Straight Outta Compton, co-writing that script. The Kitchen will mark her directorial debut, and sees her teaming with Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. This is where your favorite entertainment reporter gets very excited.
You see, McCarthy is coming off of a career best (and severely underrated) performance in the biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? and this new, much more dramatic, career path forward for her is one I’ve been anticipating for a while. On top of that, you have Haddish, who basically set the world on fire with her performance in Girls Trip and now stars in the Lisa Hanawalt-created Tuca & Bertie to great critical acclaim. And then of course, there’s Moss, television’s finest actress. And while Moss has appeared in a number of films in supporting roles (how good is The Square? SO GOOD) and fronted some great indie stuff like The One I Love, but this looks to be a new area for her in terms of an action-driven vehicle.
I can’t wait to see them all playing off one another. But enough from me…here’s the trailer:
I can already see the comparisons to the recent (and wonderful) Widows, but I caution against doing that, as that Steve McQueen vehicle was a heist film and this looks to be more of a crime drama that wallows a bit more in the nuts and bolts of the day to day. We’ll see soon though, as it releases on August 9th, right at the tail end of the Summer movie season.
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