The Starling Coming to Netflix in September 2021 & What We Know So Far

Theodore Melfi is back with another comedy-drama, The Starling, featuring Melissa McCarthy.

The Starling is a comedy-drama film coming to Netflix in September. It is scripted by Matt Harris and developed by the holder of numerous accolades and awards winner, Theodore Melfi. The Starling is a simple series and follows a couple who are trying hard to save their relationship. It is produced by Theodore Melfi, Kimberly Quinn, and Dylan Sellers.

The show stars Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Skyler Gisondo, Timothy Olyphant, Kimberly Quinn, Daveed Diggs, Laura Harrier, Rosalind Chao, and Loretta Devine.

It is the second film by Melfi with McCarthy and Chris. The trio worked in St. Vincent together in 2014 for the first time, which was a big hit. Now, fans are expecting the same with the upcoming film.

Here is all the information you need to know so far about the upcoming film.

The Starling Release Date

Netflix has acquired the distribution rights of the film in a heated auction in April 2020. The streaming giant has paid $20 million to get the rights. But, the series will first premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2021. Later, it will premiere in theaters in a limited way on September 17, 2021. Finally, the series will start streaming on Netflix on September 24, 2021.


Two Primetime Emmy Award Winner Melissa McCarthy will play the role of  Lilly Maynard, a middle-aged woman. Chris O’Dowd will play the role of her husband, Jack Maynard. 

The rest of the cast will include Kevin Kline as Larry, Timothy Olyphant as Travis Delp, Rosalind Chao as Fawn, Veronica Falcón as Rosario Alvarez, Scott MacArthur as Ralph, Elisabeth Rohm as Nancy Rothwelder, Emily Tremaine as Alice.

In addition to the above, we will see Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo, Loretta Devine, Laura Harrier, Kimberly Quinn, and Jimmy O. Yang. However, THe showrunners have not disclosed their roles yet.

You have to wait till the arrival of the movie to find their respective roles.

The Starling Trailer/Teaser 

Netflix dropped the full-fledged trailer of 2 minutes 49 seconds on August 24. You can have a look at the emotion-packed trailer here.

The Plot of The Starling

The official synopsis and trailer have revealed the potential storyline of the upcoming movie. The synopsis says-

“After Lilly (Melissa McCarthy) suffers a loss, a battle with a territorial bird (The Starling) over the dominion of her garden provides an unlikely avenue for her grief and the courage to heal her relationships and rediscover her capacity. For love.”

Speaking of the trailer, it has unveiled tons of information about the upcoming film. Let’s break it down together.

In the opening scene, Lily and Jack are lying in the chair in their house garden. They are celebrating their unborn baby and enjoying the firework together in a romantic way. They seem happy and eagerly waiting for their unborn child. Next, we saw Lily driving her car to the mental hospital to meet Jack. What happened to Jack?

 Unfortunately, they have lost their infant daughter, following which they both are suffering deep mental trauma. But, Jack could not bear the trauma, so he went to a Mental hospital to recover. Lily is trying to be strong. However, she is deeply hurt as well. But putting her grief aside, she is taking care of her expensive ancestral home, working at the grocery store, and taking care of her husband.  

While fulfilling all her responsibilities, she started aggressively having a tussle with a bird (The Starling) in the garden. Isn’t it strange? Yes, but not for the person with such a mental condition.

Observing Lily’s grief, a counselor at Jack’s clinic advised her to see a local therapist, Larry (Kevin Kline), for her mental condition.

What Does Will Happen With Larry?

Larry was Mental health professional who left the practice ten years back to be a vet. Considering the situation of Lily, he decides to help her. He starts advising her to recover from the grief. Larry makes her understand the root cause of her grievance.

He tells her to ignite the love again between her and her husband, Jack. He further tells her that their dead child is not the problem, but her relationship with her husband is the root cause of their mental condition. Larry inspired her for introspection.

It will be soothing to see how Lily follows the path shown to her and managed to forget her grief and work on her married life.

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