Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) will return to New Zealand (“Take Your Mum”) for the romantic comedy Love Birds. According to Deadline, Darby will play a man who nurses a bird back to health as a way to deal with his recent break-up. He then meets a kooky vet played by Golden Globe-winner Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky). New Zealand (“Why not?”) director Paul Murphy will re-unite with his Second Hand Wedding screenwriter Nick Ward for the project.
I’m a big fan of Darby’s and I’m surprised he hasn’t broken out bigger post-Conchords. While I don’t know how much a film from New Zealand (“It’s not going anywhere”) will appeal to stateside audiences, I’ll definitely be checking it out since he was fantastic not only on Flight of the Conchords but also in Yes Man.