Kumail Nanjiani‘s MCU debut in Chloe Zhao‘s Eternals is around the corner, but he’s still busy signing onto interesting new projects; the actor-comedian will produce and star in a limited series titled Homeland Elegies for FX.
The show will be adapted from the acclaimed book of the same name by Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, a sort of fictionalised autobiography that explores the clashes of politics, faith, culture, and division that come from being an American son of a Pakistani immigrant.
It’s a family drama revolving around the relationship between Akhtar and his father, and his struggle to both maintain his own identity and while feeling like he belongs in America. Oren Moverman (The Messenger) will direct all eight episodes of Homeland Elegies, and will adapt Akhtar’s book alongside the author himself.
This isn’t the only TV series Nanjiani is on board for, as he also has a role in the highly anticipated Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
TV is pretty familiar to him though, as he got his big break as a supporting character on Silicon Valley. He also had a voice role on animated series Bless The Harts, and popped up in the revivals of The X-Files and The Twilight Zone.
Homeland Elegies was a prominent fixture on most major publication’s Top 10 of 2020 lists, so the limited series has some really strong source material to work from. With Moverman, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and Akhtar himself adapting the book, with a star like Nanjiani in the lead, there should be high hopes for this.