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Peter Dinklage to antagonize Melissa McCarthy in Michelle Darnell

Awards are nice, but you know you’ve made it as an actor when you beat Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Oprah for a part. And Peter Dinklage has officially made it, having been chosen over all the above for a role in the upcoming Universal comedy Michelle Darnell. Dinklage will play the nemesis to Melissa McCarthy’s Michelle, a disgraced businesswoman who attempts to re-brand herself after being sent to prison for insider trading. Variety reports that the studio had trouble deciding whether the antagonist should be played by a man or a woman—obviously, based on the list of candidates above—and “[cared] more about a landing a star who can chew up every scene he or she is in.” Based on a character created by McCarthy, Michelle Darnell will be directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone, presumably some time after McCarthy is finished busting Redditor’s childhoods in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot.

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