The Boss is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Ben Falcone and written by Falcone, Melissa McCarthy and Steve Mallory. The film stars McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Kathy Bates, Tyler Labine, Ella Anderson and Peter Dinklage.
The film was released on April 8, 2016, by Universal Pictures to generally negative reviews from critics.
Initially announced as Michelle Darnell, the film is based on a character McCarthy created for the comedy troupe Groundlings. Universal was at first unable to decide on the gender of the film’s antagonist. Before Peter Dinklage was finally cast, the studio also considered Oprah Winfrey, Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock as possibilities. Kathy Bates plays Ida Marquette, Darnell’s mentor, and Kristen Bell plays Claire, Darnell’s former personal assistant.