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Looks like the third time's the charm for Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig. The actress and the director, who just came off a successful collaboration on "The Heat," may be teaming up again for Feig's next movie.

McCarthy is reportedly in talks to play the title role in "Susan Cooper," Feig's female-centric spy comedy that 20th Century Fox is looking to turn into a franchise. The film, while similar in tone to "The Heat," is aiming to be a realistic spy movie about a female version of James Bond, and not a spoof, according to TheWrap.

The site reports that McCarthy has been offered the lead role, and her team is currently hammering out the details of a deal, which includes stipulations that shooting not interfere with her role on the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly." McCarthy's been busy lately: She just wrapped production on her directorial debut, "Tammy," and is currently shooting "St. Vincent de Van Nuys" alongside Bill Murray.

Landing McCarthy for "Susan Cooper" would be good news for Feig, whose surprise success with the McCarthy-starring "Bridesmaids" launched him into the Hollywood stratosphere. Since that film's debut, Feig has made it his mission to get more female-driven projects off the ground; with McCarthy by his side, he shouldn't have any trouble.

[via TheWrap]


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