I thought I had grown tired of Melissa McCarthy‘s shtick, but Spy proved to be quite the surprise. (Click here to read my full review from SXSW.) Rather than deliver a dimwitted, bumbling main character who makes a complete turnaround in the third act, Susan Cooper is a smart, capable and very likable lead from start to finish. However, a big part of the reason Spy is a notch above all the rest is the supporting cast.
Rose Byrne steps in as Rayna Boyanov, an arms dealer trying to sell a nuke to Bobby Cannavale‘s character. She’s part traditional spy movie villain and part Helen from Bridesmaids, making her a menacing antagonist with some mean girl sass. You can catch Rayna having a warped heart-to-heart with Susan in the new Spy clip below. The film opens on June 5th and also stars Jason Statham, Jude Law, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Peter Serafinowicz, Miranda Hart, Allison Janney and Morena Baccarin.
Here’s the official synopsis for Spy:
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.