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As fans eagerly await the big screen debut of Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo in Marvel’s Eternal, the actor and comedian is busy preparing more television projects. Ninjiani’s new venture will produce and star in an FX limited series adaptation of one of the most acclaimed novels of 2020. Elegies of the homeland.

The book, written by the Pultizer Award-winning playwright Ayad Aktar (Dishonor) —It is a kind of fictional autobiography that delves into the clashes of politics, faith, culture and division that arise from being an American son of a Pakistani immigrant (a bond shared by Akhtar and Nanjiani). It is a family drama centered on the relationship between Akhtar and his father, and the struggle to maintain his own identity and feel that he belongs to this country.

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Wildly praised by literary critics, Elegies of the homeland made lists of the 10 best books of the year for many powerful publications, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Publishers Weekly and Entertainment Weekly. He also made the Best Book collections of NPR, Slate, O Magazine, The Economist, and many, many others. The novel even made the cut as one of Barack Obamafavorite books of 2010.

Pray Moverman will direct the Elegies of the homeland Eight episode limited series for FX. Moverman is best known for directing and co-writing the 2009 film. The messenger, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay (a bond he and Nanjiani share, thanks to Kumail’s wink for writing The great sick). Akhtar will be in charge of the adaptation of the book to the screen with Moverman.

Elegies of the homeland will be Nanjiani’s first major television lead role (if you don’t count the co-host of the charming comedy show The collapse with Jonah and Kumail). His previous highlights on the small screen include co-starring as one of the Pied Piper boys in Silicon Valley, expressing Jesus in the animated series Bless the hearts, appearing episodes of The x files Y Jordan peele‘s Twilight Zoneand featuring an episode of Saturday night live.

Before Elegies of the homeland arrives, Nanjiani is sure to attract more TV fans as he is a cast member of the upcoming series Diney + Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi.


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