'The Office' Star Mindy Kaling to Make Romantic Comedy

It's always nice when a big behind-the-scenes talent gets their Hollywood due -- especially when that talent is a lady. Tina Fey is one such success story (she started out as an off-camera SNL writer), and now the movie gods are smiling on another creative woman: Mindy Kaling.

Kaling is best known for her hilarious portrayal of Kelly Kapoor, the chatty, cluelessly offensive customer service rep on The Office. Yet those who stick around for the credits know she's more than that: Kaling was hired as both a writer and performer, and has written 14 episodes of the series. She now has a co-executive-producer credit on the show, and directed the popular Office webisode series Subtle Sexuality.

Few prime-time women wield so much power, and Kaling's ready to expand her territory. Variety reports that Mindy Kaling, along with fellow office writer Brent Forrester, has sold an original romantic comedy to Mandate Pictures. Titled The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, the movie is about a women with (you guessed it) low self-esteem, whose life "takes an unexpected turn when she is pursued by the hottest guy ever." The film will be produced by John Malkovich, via the production company that worked on Juno. And Kaling is signed on to play a supporting role.

What's that, you say? A "supporting role"? Fear not, Kaling fans -- according to the article, the actress has also made a two-year deal with NBC to write and star in her own sitcom.

If you need a Mindy Kaling refresher course, here's the final installment of Subtle Sexuality, starring and directed by the actress (in a wedding dress, no less). And check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video!

Plus: Watch our exclusive video interview with Mindy and her Office costar Ellie Kemper.

Do you think Mindy deserves a lead role on the big screen? Chime in below!

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