Few actors working today have the effortlessly funny quality of Rhys Darby, most notable for his role as Murray Hewitt on Flight of the Conchords. The man is simply funny no matter what he’s doing, no matter the environment around him. He’s a champion of awkward.
He is also planning on teaming up with a champion of adorable in the form of Sally Hawkins, who broke out with her performance as the mercurial central character in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. Together, they will play an unlikely pair of Love Birds in a new comedy from director Paul Murphy.
The story follows a recently dumped man (Darby) who gets over his melancholy by nursing a wild bird back to health, only to find himself led to a new and interesting human companion in the form of a kooky veterinarian (Hawkins). The roles seem written for Darby and Hawkins, who are just the sort of actors who would inhibit such a socially awkward situation. Color me interested, indeed.