Melissa McCarthy to star in movie about Boston’s first women police in uniform

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Melissa McCarthy has agreed to work on another Boston-themed film project.

By Globe Staff 

Deadline broke the news this week that actress Melissa McCarthy has signed on to star in a movie about the Boston’s first uniformed women police officers in the 1970s. The story is based on a book proposal by Alexandra Lydon, an actress who comes from Dorchester — and a family of cops.

Lydon’s story was almost a TV show a few years ago. In 2015, ABC picked up “Broad Squad,” about female graduates of the Boston Police Academy. Lydon developed the idea, and Harvard alum Bess Wohl was to write the script and serve as an executive producer. Lauren Ambrose, of “Six Feet Under,” and Rutina Wesley, of “Queen Sugar,” were set to star, but the show never made it to television.


Deadline says Lydon will produce the movie with McCarthy and McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. McCarthy starred as local law enforcement in the comedy “The Heat.” She also filmed the reboot of “Ghostbusters” in Boston.

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In 1972, Mayor Kevin White spoke at the graduation of 12 women from the Boston Police Academy, the first time female officers were given guns and uniforms.