Variety reported in March that McCarthy would star in Fox Searchlight adaptation of Lee Israel’s memoir with “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” director Marielle Heller attached to helm from a script by Nicole Holofcener. Shooting began Monday in New York City.
Producers are Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas of Archer Gray, partnered with Israel’s friend and longtime confidant David Yarnell. Pamela Hirsch, Jawal Nga, and Bob Balaban are executive producers.
Julianne Moore was initially set to star in the film, but exited in 2015 due to creative differences. Archer Gray worked with Heller on “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”
McCarthy starred last year in “Ghostbusters” and “The Boss.” Grant starred in “Jackie” and is portraying Jack. Curtin starred with McCarthy in 2013’s “The Heat.”
“I’m overjoyed to be starting principal photography on this film, with this fantastic group of collaborators,” Heller said Monday. “Working with Melissa, Richard E. Grant and the rest of our tremendous cast, Searchlight and Anne Carey and all my wonderful producers is a dream come true. Now, more than ever, it is imperative we tell the stories of women and all people who have gone unnoticed by society. I’m honored to be helming this very special film.”
The film will be overseen by Fox Searchlight’s Co-Heads of Production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum and Director of Production Taylor Friedman. McCarthy is repped by CAA and MGMT. Marielle Heller is repped by UTA.