Kumail Nanjiani to play Chippendales founder Somen Banerjee in Hulu series titled Immigrant
Actor Kumail Nanjiani will star as Chippendales founder Somen 'Steve' Banerjee in the upcoming Hulu series, Immigrant.
As per Variety, the eight-episode limited series will tell the true story of Somen, the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales, a touring dance troupe best known for its male striptease performances.
The series will detail the "insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon."
The forthcoming series is written by Robert Siegel and executive produced by Robert, Kumail, Limelight's Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker, and Emily V Gordon as well as Rajiv Joseph and Mehar Sethi, who will also write on the series. 20th Television will produce.
Somen was an Indian American entrepreneur who struck gold in 1979 when he added a male stripper dance troupe for female audiences to the lineup at his Los Angeles nightclub.
The first of its kind, the Chippendales have evolved to performing Broadway-style burlesque shows all over the world and at their flagship venue in Las Vegas.
But Somen's legacy is shrouded in scandal. Hours before he was to be sentenced in 1994 for having his business partner, Emmy-winning director and choreographer Nick De Noia, killed in 1987, Somen died by suicide.
He was also indicted for plotting to kill few former Chippendale dancers he allegedly considered a threat.
Kumail is no stranger to television, having starred in the hit HBO comedy Silicon Valley throughout its six-season run. He has also been on shows like Portlandia, Franklin and Bash, and Adventure Time.
He picked up an Emmy nomination in 2019 for best guest actor in a drama series for The Twilight Zone reboot and is set to appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series at Disney Plus.
On the film front, he earned an Oscar nomination in 2018 alongside his wife, Emily V Gordon, for The Big Sick, which is loosely based on the couple's real life. Next up, he will appear in the Marvel film Eternals as Kingo.
He will star alongside Angelina Jolie in Marvel's The Eternals, a role for which he worked out extensively.