Rhys Darby One Of The Love Birds

Sally Hawkins is the other for a rom-com

Rhys Darby One Of The Love Birds

by James White |
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Murray… Present! Flight Of The Conchords scene stealer Murray Hewitt – otherwise known as actor Rhys Darby – has been forging a career for himself with small roles in big films such as Yes Man. But he’s headed back to New Zealand for a leading man part in romantic comedy Love Birds.

Paul Murphy is directing the tale of a lonely man who nurses a wild bird back to health, using the time spent caring for the creature to get over being dumped by his last girlfriend.

But, as the title might suggest, his time with the feathered friend leads him to meet a lady, in the shape of Happy Go Lucky’s Sally Hawkins, playing a kooky vet.

Writer Nick Ward, who worked with Murphy on Dean Spanley, has written the script which, while it sounds a little bit like a cookie-cutter rom-com, is lifted by the idea of two solid performers working together. It’s shooting right now in Auckland, but there’s no word on a release date yet.

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