“The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani and “Insecure” star Issa Rae will topline Paramount’s romantic comedy “The Lovebirds.”
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The project will reunite Nanjiani with “The Big Sick” helmer Michael Showalter, who’s on board to direct from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, and Martin Gero. The project goes into production at the end of this month.
The story focuses on a couple on the verge of a break-up who become involved in a murder mystery. Tom Lassally, Olly Obst, Todd Shulman, Jordana Mollick, and Gero are producing “The Lovebirds.” Media Rights Capital is co-producing and co-financing. Nanjiani, Rae, and Showalter are executive producers.
Nanjiani starred in and co-wrote “The Big Sick” with his spouse Emily V. Gordon in an autobiographical comedy-drama that received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. He’s starred as programmer Dinesh Chugtai in the five seasons of HBO’s sitcom “Silicon Valley.” Rae is the co-creator, writer, exec producer, and star of HBO’s series “Insecure” and appeared in the drama “The Hate U Give.”
Nanjiani is repped by UTA, Mosaic, and Schreck Rose. Rae is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson. Showalter is repped by UTA, Artist First, and Stone Genow. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.