11:00am PT by Bryn Sandberg
Bashir Salahuddin to Star in Hulu Pilot 'Crushed'
Bashir Salahuddin has found his next role.
He’s been cast as the male lead in Hulu’s comedy pilot, Crushed. Produced by Lionsgate Television and Homegrown Pictures, Crushed follows siblings Will and Celia (Regina Hall) as they challenge the Napa Valley culture. As the only African-American winery in town, they attempt to transform their parents abandoned vineyard into a business.
Salahuddin will play Will, a chemist and Harvard med school dropout who goes off the grid squatting at his parents’ abandoned Napa property until his sister, Celia, persuades him to use his knowledge to help her build a legit winery. Tina Gordon Chism (Peeples, ATL) penned the script and serves as executive producer with Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Peeples).
Salahuddin, known for his role as Malik in HBO’s Looking, and his writing partner Diallo Riddle got their break as staff writers and performers for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with popular bits including “Slow Jam the News” and “The History of Hip-Hop.” They went on to create their own original series, HBO's Brothers In Atlanta, which was axed before its premiere. Prior to that, they worked with David Alan Grier on Comedy Central’s Chocolate News.