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Kumail Nanjiani to Star Opposite Dave Bautista in Action Comedy 'Stuber' (Exclusive)
Kumail Nanjiani, who was nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar for his romantic comedy The Big Sick, will star opposite Dave Bautista in Stuber, an action comedy from Fox.
Michael Dowse, who helmed the hockey movie Goon, is directing the feature that is being produced by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.
Nanjiani will play a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu that picks up a grizzled cop (Bautista) who is hot on the trail of a brutal killer. The driver finds himself thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he has to keep his wits, his life and his five-star rating.
Tripper Clancy wrote the script.
Jake Wagner and Nick Thomas are executive producing. Jeremy Kramer is overseeing for the studio.
Nanjiani is one of the stars of HBO’s acclaimed comedy Silicon Valley, which is set to return Sunday for its fifth season. His last big-screen feature was The Big Sick, which he starred in and co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their life, the movie became a sleeper hit when it was released last year and put the couple in the awards race, with the film netting an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay, among other accolades.
Nanjiani is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Schreck Rose.