Kumail comedy

Pakistani American actor Kumail Nanjiani will star opposite actor Dave Bautista in Fox’s action comedy, “Stuber.” (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Pakistani American actor Kumail Nanjiani played a struggling comedian/Uber driver in his semi-autobiographical comedy, “The Big Sick.” The film turned out to be the sleeper hit of 2017. So, he is back to portraying an Uber driver on-screen, this time on Fox’s action comedy, “Stuber,” opposite Dave Bautista.

Nanjiani, reports Variety, will portray a mild-mannered Uber driver who picks up a grizzled cop, played by Bautista, who is hot on the trail of a brutal killer. The driver is then thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, his life, and his five-star rating.

The comedy derives its name from the driver’s name, Stu.

Tripper Clancy wrote the script and Michael Dowse will be directing the film.

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are producing the film, while Jake Wagner and Nick Thomas are executive producing. Jeremy Kramer is overseeing for Fox.

The comedian/actor/writer, who recently scored a spot on TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ list, is one of the stars of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” which is currently in its fifth season.

He also stars alongside Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams in “The True American,” which is expected to release in 2019. The post 9/11 drama is based on Indian American author and columnist Anand Giridharadas’ nonfiction book of the same name. (Read earlier India-West story here.)

Here’s the synopsis of the film: “The film is set in Texas in the days following 9/11. It follows the story of Rais Bhuiyan (Nanjiani), a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants. Employed at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America, Bhuiyan worked to have his attacker, self-styled “Arab-slayer” Mark Stroman, spared from execution.”

Oscar-nominated Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, of “Jackie” fame, is set to direct the film.

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