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Chris O'Dowd and Melissa McCarthy set to reunite for The Starling

Chris O'Dowd in Bridesmaids

Story by Jack Foley

CHRIS O’Dowd and Melissa McCarthy are set to reunite for director Ted Melfi in The Starling.

The stars previously worked together on Melfi’s St Vincent, alongside Bill Murray, and are in talks for the Black List scripted comedy by Matt Harris (according to Deadline).

Described as being in the same comedic vein as St Vincent as well as ‘an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief’, The Starling will follow a married couple who suffer a tragedy that strains their relationship.

While her husband heads off to deal with their loss in recovery, Lily Maynard stays home and finds herself assailed by a large black starling that has built a nest close to the beautiful garden in the backyard. She initially seeks out a vet to see if there is a humane way of getting ride of the bird, only to find the vet she has chosen is a former psychiatrist who puts his own imprint on the situation.

According to Deadline, the script has been doing the rounds for a little while, with Keanu Reeves once attached as the lead alongside Isla Fisher. The story was also said to have originally placed the male character as the victim of the blackbird attack – but that looks to have been flipped.

Melfi most recently directed the critically-acclaimed historical drama Hidden Figures.

McCarthy is coming off an Oscar-nominated turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and will next be seen in the mob drama The Kitchen – another more dramatic role.

O’Dowd, who first teamed with McCarthy in Bridesmaids, was last heard on the big screen voicing an animated character in Mary Poppins Returns. He also stars in the critically acclaimed Get Shorty on TV.