Getting framed for a murder you didn’t commit isn’t exactly the right way to spice up your relationship when you’re in a bit of a dry patch with your significant other. But “Lovebirds” may just you the hilarious results of trying to solve the whodunnit of the night, all while trying to fix your relationship.
Directed by Michael Showalter, director of the breakout comedy “The Big Sick,” the new “high-concept” comedy “Lovebirds” will show a couple trying to clear their names after they are framed for a murder.
This will be Showalter’s first film since “The Big Sick,” a film which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay back in 2018 (narrowly losing to Jordan Peele’s “Get Out”), and will see Showalter once again teaming with Kumail Nanjiani. Nanjiani co-wrote alongside his wife Emily V. Gordon and starred in “The Big Sick,” he also starred in Showalter’s film “Hello, My Name Is Doris” and has also been apart of HBO’s Emmy award winning show “Silicon Valley.” The comedy brings a new actor into the fold of this creative team, Issa Rae, the creator and star of her own terrific HBO show “Insecure.”
Both Showalter and Nanjiani are close, they are friends first and foremost and after Showlater read “The Big Sick” script he was hooked. They made a great film together and speaking to Silver Screen Riot, Nanjiani said, “I’d love for all three of us to work together. I would be happy if I only worked with the people that I worked with on this movie for the rest of my life. I would love to just work with this group.” So, here we are again.
Along with Nanjiani and Rae, there are roles for Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect”) and Moses Storm (“Arrested Development”). The film was written by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero (“The L.A. Complex”). Paramount Pictures are handling the films distribution.
Here’s the synopsis:
On the very brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.
The film will be released in theatres April 3, but will make its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival first. Watch the new trailer below.