- The runaway hit rom-com was based on the real-life relationship between the Pakistani American actor and his screenwriter wife Emily V. Gordon.
There won’t be any sequel to Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s rom-com “The Big Sick.” Although they have been contacted about a sequel, the couple is just not interested. “Our lives became boring after that.” The Pakistani American disclosed at the Vulture Festival, during the live taping of the “Good One” podcast.
“The Big Sick” was inspired by the real-life relationship between Nanjiani and Gordon. Starring Nanjiani as a version of himself, and Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan), the film tells the story go how the two met and started dating shortly before Gordon was put into a medically induced coma.
While “The Big Sick 2: The Bigger Sick” is not happening, fans get to see Nanjiani is several different and interesting roles. Some of his projects in the pipeline include a limited series adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar’s “Homeland Elegies” for the Disney-owned cable outlet FX, which he will star and executive produce. It will be the first major television lead role for Nanjiani.
Additionally, he is teaming up with his wife Emily V. Gordon to write “The Doubtful Guest,” based on the illustrated book by the late Edward Gorey. Andy Muschietti is set to direct the film, which will also star Nanjiani, who will also executive produce along with Gordon.
He is also greasing up for “Welcome to Chippendales,” a true-crime drama series that tells the story of Indian American Somen “Steve” Banerjee, who became the unlikely founder of Chippendales, the male-stripping empire. The series details the insane, darkly comedic and crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.
He was recently seen in Marvel’s “The Eternals,” and the Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” His prior small screen highlights include “Silicon Valley,” voicing Jesus on the animated series “Bless the Harts,” episodes of “The X-Files” and “Twilight Zone” as well as hosting an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
This March, he made his debut as a guest star on “The Simpsons” this Sunday, March 13. He played Theo, a mysterious man who runs “The Institute,” a company that rehabilitates the reputations of those people savaged on the internet. Theo approaches Homer and offers up his services to help save his reputation, and he joins a group that also includes Helen Lovejoy, Councilman Jed Hawk, Larry Doogan and Kirk Van Houten.
Meanwhile, “Little America,” the Apple TV series created and produced by Nanjiani, Gordon and Alan Yang (“Master of None), will debut its second season on Dec. 9. The anthology series “observes the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America,” AppleTV says.