Melissa McCarthy has landed the role of Lee Israel - based on a real person - in the upcoming film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” based on Israel's 2008 memoir.
According to The Wrap, "Israel was a successful biographer during her heyday in the ’70s and ’80s, writing tomes on cosmetics empress Estée Lauder and actress Tallulah Bankhead. Her career stagnated in the years following, with a resurgence in the ’90s after unearthing never-seen letters from icons like Dorothy Parker and Noël Coward.Except they weren’t from Parker or Coward. Israel forged them all."
The Wrap also confirms that Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) directed from a script by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty.
Julianne Moore was previously attached, so it's nice to see McCarthy step into a role that was not specifically written for a plus size character.