Berlin: Zoe Kazan Joins 'Silicon Valley's' Kumail Nanjiani in 'The Big Sick' (Exclusive)

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'Silicon Valley' star Nanjiani co-wrote the script about a Pakistan-born man, his American girlfriend and the challenges they face.

Zoe Kazan will join Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick.

Nanjiani wrote the script for the film with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The story is based on their own relationship, and centers on the challenges a Pakistan-born man (Nanjiani) and his American girlfriend (Kazan) have to overcome to be together.

Hello, My Name Is Doris director Michael Showalter will direct the film, which is being produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel. FilmNation is financing and selling the project to foreign buyers at EFM in Berlin, while UTA is handling domestic rights.

Nanjiani has been quickly rising in the comedy world. Along with starring in HBO's hit show Silicon Valley, he writes and executive produces Comedy Central’s The Meltdown and has appeared on popular series like Portlandia and Broad City. He'll co-host the Film Independent Spirit Awards with Kate McKinnon on Feb. 27

Kazan’s recent credits include Our Brand Is Crisis, What If and Ruby Sparks. She's got horror film There Are Monsters coming up along with My Blind Brother with Adam Scott and Jenny Slate. She's repped by UTA, Washington Square Films Management and Jackoway Tyerman.

 

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