Kathy Bates is set to play a lesbian in the upcoming comedy film Tammy.

The 64-year-old Bates will play one of the two women (the second being played by Susan Sarandon) who hit the open road with the film's protagonist (Melissa McCarthy, Identity Thief), who decides on a road trip after she loses her fast-food job and finds out her husband is cheating on her.

The New Line Cinema production is expected to begin filming around Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday. Filming is expected to take place next week at the local eatery Two Fat Ladies Over a Simmering.

According to Variety, Beth McCarthy-Miller was originally set to direct the movie but she backed out over scheduling issues. Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief), who together wrote the script, are now behind the camera.