Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to feature in Paramount's romantic comedy The Lovebirds

Kumail Nanjiani reunites with his The Big Sick director Michael Showalter for this film, which is scheduled to begin production by the end of January.

FP Staff January 18, 2019 12:08:53 IST
Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to feature in Paramount's romantic comedy The Lovebirds

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani and actress Issa Rae have been finalised to feature in Paramount Pictures' romantic comedy The Lovebirds, reports Variety. The actor-cum-comedian reunites with his The Big Sick director Michael Showalter for this film, which is scheduled to begin production by the end of this month.

Kumail Nanjiani Issa Rae to feature in Paramounts romantic comedy The Lovebirds

Issa Rae (left) and Kumail Nanjiani. Image from Twitter

The script has been penned by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero. The narrative revolves around a couple (essayed by Kumail and Issa), who are on the verge of breaking up. Suddenly, the duo finds themselves in the midst of a bizarre and quirky murder mystery. While both get embroiled in trying to clear their names, "they try and figure out how they and their relationship can survive the night."

The project will be backed by Tom Lassally, Oly Obst, Todd Shulman, Jordana Mollick and Gero. MRC will co-produce and co-finance The Lovebirds. Nanjiani, Rae and Showalter serve as executive producers.

Nanjiani's best known works include his efforts on The Big Sick, which earned him, and his wife and co-writer Emily V Gordon an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Screenplay. Kumail will next be seen in Stuber, Fox's action comedy.

Issa, on the other hand, will feature in Universal's Little.

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