Kumail Nanjiani cast to go back in time in new movie

Kumail Nanjiani will star in the upcoming comedy-adventure film Any Person, Living Or Dead. Nanjiani will lead the history-based laugher as a reclusive scientist with a homemade time machine.

Despite his best efforts to use the device to solve the world’s problems with the help of historical leaders, things go very, very poorly. Unfortunately, great thinkers like Shakespeare and George Washington and medieval men are not accustomed to modern ways (such as not being racist and not committing murder). Eventually, the hero scientist needs to hunt down these past figures before they ruin the future of the world.

The film is based on a short story by former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich. Jonathan Krisel, who was an executive producer for Baskets and Portlandia, will direct the feature.

Kumal Nanjiani busy with TV projects

Nanjiani fans who want to see him return to his rom-com roots are also in luck. He reunited with The Big Sick filmmaker Michael Showalter to star in The Lovebirds. He co-stars with Issa Rae from Insecure. That film, which revolves around a couple on the edge of splitting up who become ensnared in a murder mystery, began production earlier this year.

The Oscar-nominated actor, comic, and writer is staying busy on the small screen as well. Earlier this week, he co-starred with Tracy Morgan in the debut episode of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot for CBS’s premium streaming service, All Access. The episode is aptly titled The Comedian. Nanjiani admitted that the dark role was intimidating to him since he had never acted in anything like it before.

Last month, the Meltdown comedian appeared at the Apple TV keynote event to announce his new series Little America. Nanjiani is writing the anthology series, about immigrants living in America with his wife—and The Big Sick writing partner—Emily V. Gordon. That show is based on funny, inspiring, and heartfelt stories of immigrants, as told in Epic Magazine.

Season Six of the award-winning Silicon Valley is also scheduled to begin production this summer, for which Nanjiani is expected to return. He must need some kind of time machine to fit everything into his very busy schedule.

Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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