'Modern Family' star Julie Bowen joins Melissa McCarthy in 'Life of the Party' (Exclusive)

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Modern Family star Julie Bowen has joined Melissa McCarthy in the New Line comedy Life of the Party.

The movie, being directed by McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone, began production last week in Atlanta. It counts Maya Rudolph, Gillian Jacobs, Debby Ryan and Animal Kingdom star Molly Gordon among its cast.

The plot is described as being in the vein of the Rodney Dangerfield hit Back to School (1986), a comedy about a crass partier who joins his son at college.

Bowen will play McCarthy's nemesis in the movie.

McCarthy and Falcone wrote the script for the project, and are producing with Chris Henchy (Daddy's Home). New Line has set a May 11, 2018 release.

Bowen has starred in the award-winning ABC series Modern Family since 2009, twice winning an Emmy for her work. Life of the Party marks a rare foray into features; the last movies she appeared were in were 2012's Rob Lowe drama Knife Fight and 2011's comedy Horrible Bosses.

Bowen is repped by Paradigm and Liberman Zerman Management.

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BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy crowd-surfs toward the stage to accept the Comedic Genius Award during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy, winner of the Comedic Genius award, crowd-surfs to the stage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy crowd surfs her way to accept the Comedic Genius Award during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy crowd-surfs toward the stage to accept the Comedic Genius Award onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy crowd-surfs toward the stage to accept the Comedic Genius Award during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy crowd-surfs onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy (L) accepts the Comedic Genius Award from co-host Dwayne Johnson onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy accepts the Comedic Genius Award onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Comedic Genius Award recipient Melissa McCarthy greets the audience onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (L-R) Actress Emilia Clarke, co-host Kevin Hart, Comedic Genius Award recipient Melissa McCarthy and co-host Dwayne Johnson attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Co-hosts Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Comedic Genius Award recipient Melissa McCarthy greet the audience onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy (C) accepts the Comedic Genius award onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Actress Melissa McCarthy accepts the Comedic Genius award onstage during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. MTV Movie Awards airs April 10, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV)
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