Melissa McCarthy to star in '70s police drama - report

Melissa McCarthy will take a lead role in a movie about the first women police officers to join the Boston Police Department in the 1970s.

Melissa McCarthy is reportedly set to show off her dramatic chops in an upcoming police movie.

The actress played a police officer in 2013 buddy comedy The Heat alongside Sandra Bullock, but she is now gearing up to show her more serious side in a New Line project.

According to Deadline, bosses at the studio have purchased rights to a story by Alexandra Lydon about the first women police officers to join the Boston Police Department in the 1970s, with McCarthy set to take a lead role.

The 46-year-old will also produce the film with her husband and producing partner Ben Falcone, under their On the Day production company.

While plot details remain under wraps, it has been reported that the film will "chronicle the transition of black and white women into the notorious old boys' club of the Boston Police Department, as they find themselves on the front lines of a racially divided city and became unwitting participants in a social revolution".

Previously, McCarthy has shown her versatility with roles such as Maggie Bronstein in 2014's St. Vincent, which also starred Bill Murray, Chris O'Dowd, and Naomi Watts.

But she remains known as one of Hollywood's top rated comedic stars, having appeared as Megan Price in Bridesmaids, as Michelle Darnell in The Boss and in the 2016 female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot. The star has also received an Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearances on Saturday Night Live as former White House spokesman Sean Spicer, and will next be seen on screen in Life of the Party and The Happytime Murders, both of which are due to be unveiled in mid-2018.

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