Kumail Nanjiani to Star in FX Limited Series Adaptation of ‘Homeland Elegies’
Kumail Nanjiani will executive produce the FX series, “Homeland Elegies.” He is also set to play Chippendales Indian American founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee in a Hulu limited series. He is seen here in a file photo at the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar Jan. 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pakistani American actor Kumail Nanjiani is set to star in and executive produce the adaptation of “Homeland Elegies,” a project is being developed as a limited series at FX.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, FX landed the rights to Ayad Akhtar’s acclaimed novel, ‘Homeland Elegies’, which it’s developing as a limited series.
The Disney-owned cable outlet won the rights after outbidding multiple other interested parties. FX Productions will produce the eight-episode drama, with Akhtar adapting his book and Oren Moverman set to direct. ‘Homeland Elegies’ made numerous best-of lists for 2020.
The novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Akhtar blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of identity and belonging in post-Trump America. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.
Nanjiani, an Oscar nominee for co-writing “The Big Sick,” is currently filming the Star Wars series “Obi-Wan” for Disney+. He’s in the cast for Marvel’s “Eternals,” which will hit theaters on Nov. 5, and is set to play Chippendales Indian American founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee in a Hulu limited series.
Akhtar, Nanjiani and Moverman will executive produce “Homeland Elegies” with Sight Unseen’s Julia Lebedev and Eddie Vaisman and Nimitt Mankad via Inimitable Pictures.