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July 09, 2011  | by: Vivian Dai

Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"

Melissa McCarthy, who stole many scenes as the foul-mouthed, loyal friend in the comedy Bridesmaids, is enjoying a rise to stardom as well as booking a role in a highly anticipated movie.

McCarthy will join the cast of Judd Apatow’s next project, which he is both writing and directing. It already has Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, and Leslie Mann attached to star. Apatow also produced Bridesmaids, leaving some to speculate that he and McCarthy will be working as partners even more in the future. Adding to this prediction is a possible sequel to Bridesmaids, as well as its director Paul Feig’s next film, set to star Jon Hamm and McCarthy, as well as to be, again, produced by Apatow.

The first project is said to be a follow-up to “Knocked Up,” keeping Rudd and Mann as a married couple, and Feig’s project is still in the works; however, he has described it as an “unconventional love story” that he wrote specifically with McCarthy and Hamm in mind for the roles. Many fans and followers of McCarthy’s small screen career are also glad to see her rising to the top of the comedy ranks after her roles on the television shows Mike & Molly, Samantha Who?, and Gilmore Girls.

It seems these projects should go smoothly, given the huge success of Bridesmaids; it recently was declared the top-grossing R-rated female comedy with $152.9 million in the United States, just barely edging out Sex and the City. It was also Apatow’s top-grossing film, besting both Talladega Nights and Knocked Up.

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