Are you ready for a (mini) Bridesmaids reunion? Chris O’Dowd and Melissa McCarthy are in talks to star in quirky-sounding comedy movie The Starling.
They’d play a married couple struggling to get to grips with a personal tragedy, Deadline reports. While he heads to a grief recovery center to process what has happened, she stays home and finds herself tormented by a large black starling who sets up nest in their garden – hence the film’s title.
She turns to a local veterinarian to deal with the troublesome bird, and the story that follows is described as “an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief.”
Interestingly, The Starling is said to have been initially conceived as a vehicle for a male actor, but its script has been flipped so that McCarthy will take the most prominent role.
Ted Melfi, who previously directed McCarthy in 2014’s St Vincent, is on board as director.
O’Dowd and McCarthy worked together on 2014’s St. Vincent and came close to re-teaming on last year’s acclaimed biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me?.
At one point, O’Dowd was set to play Jack Hock, partner-in-crime of McCarthy’s literary forger Lee Israel, but the role was eventually taken by Richard E. Grant. Both Grant and McCarthy snagged Oscar nominations for their performances.
This year, O’Dowd has appeared with Rosamund Pike in State of the Union, SundanceTV’s innovative comedy series about a couple going through marriage counseling.
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