KUMAIL NANJIANI (Stu) is an Oscar-nominated writer and
critically acclaimed actor and comedian.
Nanjiani stars in the upcoming Sony film Men in Black opposite Chris
Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson and Rebecca
Ferguson, set to be released on June 14, 2019. In this new spinoff, Kumail plays
a comedic alien named Pawny. Additionally, Nanjiani will soon be heard voicing
the character of Plimpton, the ostrich, in the upcoming Universal film The
Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Antonio
Banderas, Tom Holland, John Cena, Selena Gomez and Octavia Spencer, set to be
released on January 17, 2020. Most recently announced, Nanjiani will star in the
Adam McKay and Will Ferrell produced fact-based Valparaiso Pictures' spy action
comedy No Glory.
Currently, Kumail is in production alongside Issa Rae in The Lovebirds, the
story of a couple on the verge of a break-up who suddenly become involved in an
embroiled and hilarious murder mystery. Nanjiani is also acting and writing for
an upcoming TV adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette. Additionally, Nanjiani
along with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, are working on the Apple series Little
America which just started production the first week of March.
On the television side, Nanjiani will reprise his starring role as Dinesh on
season six of the Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, opposite
Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr and Zach Woods. Over the years, the series has
won two Critic's Choice Awards for Best Comedy Series and has been named one of
the AFI's TV Programs of the Year. Premiering this April, Kumail is a recurring
guest star in Jordan Peele's new spin off of the original 1959 TV Series The
Twilight Zone alongside Adam Scott, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay,
Steven Teun, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sanaa Lathan, Tracy Morgan, Greg Kinnear and Seth
In 2017 Kumail and his wife Emily V. Gordon received an Academy Award
nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, in which Nanjiani
starred alongside Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan and Ray Romano. The film was named one
of the AFI's Top Films of the Year and won the Critic's Choice Award for Best
Comedy, the Hollywood Film Award for Comedy Ensemble of the Year and an
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Additionally, the film
earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Producer's Guild Award
nomination, two SAG Award nominations, a Writer's Guild and Gotham Award
nomination. Nanjiani also earned the Santa Barbara Film Festival's Virtuoso
Award, the San Diego International Film Festival's Auteur Award and was named
one of VARIETY's 10 Actors to Watch.
Additional film credits include Fist Fight, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,
The Five-Year Engagement and Central Intelligence. His vocal talents were heard
voicing one of the ninja warriors in The Lego Ninjago Movie from Warner Bros.
Additional television credits include: Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah
and Kumail, IFC's Portlandia, TNT's Franklin & Bash, FOX's The X-Files and NBC's
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