Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy has joined New Line Cinema's mob drama The Kitchen, an adaptation of the Vertigo comics series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle.
The Bridesmaids actress will star alongside the previously announced Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) in the 1970s-set gangster story that follows the wives of several Irish mobsters who, after their husbands are incarcerated, assume control of their criminal enterprises. Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) will write and direct.
Here's the official synopsis for the eight-issue miniseries, which debuted in 2015 from DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint:
The Irish gangs of Hell's Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew were the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but after they're all put in prison, their wives—Kath, Raven and Angie—decide to keep running their rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won't be easy to stop.
The Kitchen takes one of the most popular genres in entertainment and, like The Sopranos, reimagines it for a new generation to present a classic gangster story told from a fresh point of view.
Co-produced by New Line and DC Entertainment, The Kitchen does not yet have a release date.