- The Indian American will play Simon Choksi, “an ambitious game inventor and product developer and a devoted single father.”
Kal Penn has been roped in as a lead in Jack Burditt’s upcoming Disney+ limited series “The Santa Clause.” He will be seen opposite Tim Allen and Elizabeth Mitchell. He will play Simon Choksi, “an ambitious game inventor and product developer and a devoted single father,” according to an announcement from Disney +. “Simon can talk the tech-mogul talk but can’t walk the walk, and his dreams of being the next Bezos falls drastically short. But all that changes after a visit to the North Pole.”
Allen reprises his role as Scott Calvin from the Walt Disney Pictures holiday franchise. In the sequel series, “Scott is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever,” the film’s synopsis says. “He’s suddenly starting to lose his Santa magic, and more important, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the North Pole. With a lot of elves, children and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in life south of the pole.”
Penn became a household name after starring in“Harold and Kumar” films and as a sports medicine doctor on the hit TV show “House.” His “House” his cast-mate Olivia Wilde invited him to be her +1 at a campaign event for then-Sen. Barack Obama. he New Jersey native has worked as an associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he was President Obama’s Liaison to Young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Arts communities in America. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology and Film Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Indian American who recently came out will be seen in FX’s comedy pilot “Belated.” He will play a gay man in his 40s, who, along with his ex-wife Diana, attempts to find their new normal and take on new relationships while continuing to co-parent together.
Last month, a few days before the Nov. 2 release of his memoir, “You Can’t Be Serious,” Penn announced his engagement to his partner of 11 years. In an interview, Penn told People that he met and fell in love with Josh, his fiancé, when he was living in Washington D.C., and working in the Obama administration. “I discovered my own sexuality relatively late in life compared to many other people,” Penn told People. “There’s no timeline on this stuff. People figure their s**t out at different times in their lives, so I’m glad I did when I did.”
Penn also executive produced and starred in Comedy Central’s holiday film “Hot Mess Holiday,” headlined by Surina Jindal and Melanie Chandra. He will produce and star in “Superfan,” a biopic of Indo-Canadian Nav Bhatia, a decades-long follower of the Toronto Raptors. Penn will play Bhatia, a Sikh, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 16, becoming the first fan ever to join the Hall.
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