'The Lovebirds': Meet the incredible cast of Netflix's latest rom-com thriller

Starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in lead roles, the movie is directed by Michael Showalter and written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall


                            'The Lovebirds': Meet the incredible cast of Netflix's latest rom-com thriller
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Netflix's latest 'The Lovebirds' takes the topic of "the one" to a whole new level. Starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, 'The Lovebirds' signs a couple for the ultimate test for their relationship to find the answer for themselves, one unfortunate accident after another. The romantic comedy thriller is directed by Michael Showalter and written by Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall

Everything seems to be going fine for Leilani and Jibran -- two people who have only just reassured themselves that their relationship is here to stay. But then suddenly, things are not all that fine. They are now unintentionally, and much to their collective fury, embroiled in a murder mystery. How? Well for that you have to watch the movie releasing on Netflix later tonight on May 22.

The question now is if they can successfully save themselves from this mess. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme circumstance to the next, Jibran and Leilani must figure out how they -- and their relationship -- can survive the night. Before the movie premieres, meet the cast.

Issa Rae 

Issa Rae attends the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019, in Santa Monica, California (Getty Images)

Rae plays the role of Leilani. The actress garnered attention for her work on her YouTube series 'Awkward Black Girl'. Since then, she has to develop her YouTube channel, which features short films and web series created by people of color. In 2013, when the series won a Shorty Award for Best Web Show, she had spoken of the need to create a channel like that. "I've always had an issue with the [assumption] that people of color, and black people especially, aren't relatable. I know we are."

She is also known for creating, co-writing, and starring in HBO's very popular show 'Insecure'. For her performance of Issa Dee on the series, she earned herself two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy. She also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.  Just before 'The Lovebirds', Rae starred in the positively acclaimed movie 'The Photograph' opposite Lakeith Stanfield. She is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Louis Diame.

Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani attends the premiere of Apple TV+'s "Little America" at Pacific Design Center on January 23, 2020 in West Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

Nanjiani plays the role of Jibran, Leilani's boyfriend. The Pakistani-American comedian, actor, screenwriter and podcaster is best known for his role of Dinesh on 'Silicon Valley' and for co-writing and starring in the romantic comedy 'The Big Sick', which is based on his relationship with his wife, Emily V Gordon. He wrote the latter with his wife. The movie went on to become one of the most acclaimed films of 2017, and was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year. For 'The Big Sick', the couple was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Together, they won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. 

In 2018, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Nanjiani and Gordon often collaborate with each other. In March 2020, during the global lockdown caused by Covid-19, they started a podcast 'Staying In with Emily and Kumail', which chronicles their experiences as a couple that is forced to live in isolation during the global pandemic. He is currently awaiting the release of 'The Lovebirds' and is set to star as Kingo Sunen in 'The Eternals', which will be released in February 2021. He has signed on to star in 'The Independent', a political thriller to be directed by Amy Rice. 

Anna Camp

Anna Camp attends the 2019 TCA NBC Press Tour Carpet at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 08, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Anna Camp is best known for her performance as the villainous Sarah Newlin in HBO's 'True Blood' and Aubrey Posen in the 'Pitch Perfect' series. Apart from that, she is also known for her appearances on 'Glee', 'The Office', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Mad Men', 'The Good Wife', and 'The Mindy Project'. She plays Deirdre Robespierre on Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'.  She is currently awaiting the release of 'Here Awhile' that stars Steven Strait, Joe Lo Truglio, and Chloe Mason alongside her. Apart from 'Here Awhile', she is also awaiting the release of 'Desperados', a comedy scheduled to release on Netflix on July 3, 2020. 

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