Netflix picks up Marvel star Kumail Nanjiani's new movie after it's pulled from cinema release

Chris Edwards

From Digital Spy

Netflix has picked up Marvel star Kumail Nanjiani's new movie The Lovebirds after it was pulled from cinemas.

The comedy, which sees Eternals actor Nanjiani star alongside Issa Rae (Little), was originally set to be released by Paramount on April 3, but it was pulled due to growing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Michael Showalter, The Lovebirds sees the two stars play a couple on the verge of breaking up, but when they're unintentionally plunged into a bizarre murder mystery, they must work together to clear their names and solve the case.

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With the closure of cinemas all over the world, all major studios have postponed the release of their upcoming releases, while those currently in production have had to temporarily shut down for the safety of cast and crew.

The Lovebirds, however, is the first movie to be pulled from a theatrical release and placed on a streaming service instead – although it's worth noting that Paramount has an ongoing partnership with Netflix.

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In an attempt to entertain the millions of people who are staying indoors to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, other studios have released some of their movies on streaming services extra early.

Disney recently took the decision to make Frozen 2 available on Disney+ in the US, before it was officially released on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Birds of Prey have also been given an early digital release in the US.

The same applies to Universal Pictures' The Invisible Man, The Hunt and Emma, all of which are new titles that would otherwise still be in cinemas.

The Lovebirds' Netflix release date is yet to be announced.

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