As followers eagerly await the large display debut of Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo in Marvel's Eternals, the actor and comic is busy lining up extra tv initiatives. Ninjiani's latest enterprise shall be producing and starring in an FX restricted sequence adaptation of certainly one of 2020's most acclaimed novels, Homeland Elegies.
The e-book—written by Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced)—is a form of fictionalized autobiography that delves into the clashes of politics, religion, tradition, and division that come from being an American son of a Pakistani immigrant (a hyperlink each Akhtar and Nanjiani share). It's a household drama of centered across the relationship between Akhtar and his father, and the battle to each keep your personal identification and really feel such as you belong on this nation.
Wildly lauded by literary critics, Homeland Elegies made prime 10 books of the 12 months lists for a lot of powerhouse publications together with The New York Instances, The Washington Publish, Time Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Leisure Weekly. It additionally made the Greatest Books collections of NPR, Slate, O Journal, The Economist, and plenty of, many others. The novel even made the minimize as certainly one of Barack Obama's favourite books of 2010.
Oren Moverman will direct the Homeland Elegies eight-episode restricted sequence for FX. Moverman is finest recognized for steering and co-writing the 2009 movie The Messenger, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Greatest Unique Screenplay (a hyperlink each he and Nanjiani share, because of Kumail's writing nod for The Massive Sick). Akhtar will deal with the difference of the e-book for the display alongside Moverman.
Homeland Elegies would be the first main tv lead position for Nanjiani (in the event you don't rely co-hosting Comedy Central's pleasant stand-up showcase The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail). His prior small display highlights embody co-starring as one of many Pied Piper boys on Silicon Valley, voicing Jesus on the animated sequence Bless the Harts, popping up episodes of The X-Recordsdata and Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone, and internet hosting an episode of Saturday Night time Dwell.
Earlier than Homeland Elegies arrives, Nanjiani is bound to garner extra TV followers as he’s a castmember within the upcoming Diney+ Star Wars sequence Obi-Wan Kenobi.