Kumail Nanjiani to Star in a Spy Comedy


A few years ago, Kumail Nanjiani was an up and coming comedian and actor who co-hosted a popular video game podcast with his wife. Now, he’s an Oscar nominee (along with spouse Emily V. Gordon) for writing “The Big Sick.” That acclaimed movie has helped bring his talents to a larger audience, leading to bigger and better jobs.

The Hollywood Reporter details how Nanjiani is being tapped to star in a spy comedy called “No Glory.” Based on author Scott Shephard‘s experiences working in national security, the film is being written by Sam Bain. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are among the producers.

From the article:

The Big Sick star will lead the spy comedy that is based on the original manuscript by National Security Operative and author Scott Shephard about his time in service to the country. Sam Bain, the writer behind Sundance comedy Corporate Animals, is adapting for the screen.

Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell will produce under their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, alongside David Carrico and Adam Paulsen via their Valparaiso Pictures banner, which was behind recent Sundance drama Sound of Silence. Valparaiso’s Bobby Hoppey will exec produce.

McKay said of the project:  “I can’t wait to dig into this incredible true story. With Kumail at the helm this has a chance to be really ‘special,’ as Kumail likes to say.”

“This is the type of story that we created our company to help tell, narratives that can have broad commercial appeal without sacrificing artistry.  We found the prefect partners and storytellers in Kumail & Adam,” added Carrico.

Nanjiani is having a well deserved moment. He has three films scheduled for release this year, as well as a number of interesting ones in the hopper. Look for his star to continue to wise in the years to come.

What do you think of this new role for Kumail Nanjiani? Does “No Glory” sound promising to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!