Kumail show

Pakistani American actor Kumail Nanjiani will star in the TV remake of the 1985 film, “My Beautiful Laundrette,” in which a young Daniel Day Lewis played a gay gang leader. (Kumail Nanjiani/Facebook photo)

There’s no stopping Kumail Nanjiani, the co-writer and star of his autobiographical film, “The Big Sick,” which won the 2018 Critics’ Choice Award for ‘Best Comedy.’

The Pakistani American actor, Variety reports, has attached himself as an actor and writer for an upcoming TV adaptation of “My Beautiful Laundrette,” being developed at Turner-owned Super Deluxe.

Alec Berg of “Silicon Valley” and Hanif Kureishi will executive produce with Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic”).

The 1985 Oscar nominated comedy drama, directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Kureishi, starred Saeed Jaffrey, Roshan Seth, and Daniel Day-Lewis, among others.

In the film, an ambitious Pakistani British man and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat. The film was lauded for its portrayal of the gay and immigrant communities.

And given the relevance of these topics in today’s times, fans are excited to see what Nanjiani – whose “The Big Sick” also highlighted the experiences of second-generation South Asian immigrants – will come up with. 

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