Laverne Cox Gives Carey Mulligan Tough Love in “Promising Young Woman”

The actress and transgender activist appears in the star-studded black comedy, out Christmas Day.

We all know Laverne Cox is an A-plus actress, but how are her barista skills?

The Orange Is the New Black alum and pioneering transgender activist appears alongside Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman, an upcoming black comedy from Killing Eve director Emerald Fennell. In an exclusive new clip from the film, Cox’s character, Gail, tries to get real with Mulligan’s Cassie about her not-so-promising future while they’re behind the counter of their coffeeshop job. This comes at the expense of a potential customer, who hightails it after it becomes clear that Gail and Cassie are preoccupied.

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Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman.

Cox and Mulligan aren’t the only familiar faces in Promising Young Woman. The movie’s stacked cast includes Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, and Jennifer Coolidge, among others.

Its full description reads, “Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: She’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.”

Watch the exclusive clip below, and keep an eye out for Promising Young Woman, out December 25 from Focus Features.

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