Preview, Tessa Thompson teams with Oscar winners for Prison Guard comedy, “Furlough”

Tessa Thompson has emerged as a Hollywood “It” girl, and packaging her with Oscar winners Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Leo and Anna Paquin is a clever move to cement that status.

Tessa (“Dear White People”) is the guard sent to make sure grizzled con Melissa doesn’t make a break for it. Whoopi seems to be Tessa’s mom — or grandmother. Paquin? Watch the trailer.

Maybe they’re giving away too much of “Furlough” (Perhaps a late summer release?), but however tired this formula is, if they can make “Ocean’s Eight,” they can try a female “Midnight Run” or “Last Detail” or what have you.


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