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Melfi’s The Starling Acquired by Netflix

Netflix has acquired global rights to The Starling from Limelight, Entertainment One (eOne) and Boies Schiller Entertainment, the streaming service announced today.

In the heartwarming dramedy The Starling, after a married couple suffers a hardship, Jack heads off to deal with grief while Lilly remains in the “real” world, dealing with her own guilt and a crippling internal struggle to live with a dark secret.

Kevin Kline in The Starling

As if Lilly’s troubles weren’t bad enough, a starling bird that has nested in her backyard begins to harass and attack her.

This starling comes to represent all of Lilly’s problems, and she becomes comically obsessed with killing it. Lilly eventually finds guidance from Larry, a quirky psychologist-turned veterinarian with a troubled past of his own.

Chris O'Dowd in The Starling

The two form a unique and unlikely friendship as both help the other to explore, acknowledge and confront their problems.

The cast includes two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, St. Vincent, Spy, Bridesmaids), Emmy Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (State of the Union, Bridesmaids, The Sapphires), Academy Award winner Kevin Kline (Dave, Beauty and the Beast, A Fish Called Wanda, Wild Wild West, In & Out), Emmy Award nominee Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Go, A Perfect Getaway), and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting, Wonder, Hamilton).

Also in the cast are Skyler Gisondo (Booksmart, Vacation, Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb), Emmy Award nominee Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy, Family Reunion, Crash), Laura Harrier (BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Hollywood), Rosalind Chao (Just Like Heaven, Freaky Friday, The Joy Luck Club), and Kimberly Quinn (Hidden Figures, El Camino Christmas, St. Vincent).

Directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures, St. Vincent), the film was written by Matt Harris (Madame Black, Snooze Time, 43,000 Feet).

Melissa McCarthy in The Starling

The producers are Limelight’s Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker, as well as Theodore Melfi and Kimberly Quinn. The film was executive produced by Boies Schiller Entertainment’s Zack Schiller and David Boies, and eOne’s Jen Gorton and Zev Foreman.

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