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Hulu has given a straight to series order about the man behind the Chippendales male striptease show.
Kumail Nanjiani will star in Immigrant, an eight-episode limited series based on the story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, who started the revue as a way to attract attention to a struggling bar in Los Angeles.
The series will chronicle the insane, darkly comedic and crime-ridden story behind the male revue that became a cultural phenomenon. Robert Siegel (Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, The Wrestler) is writing along with Rajiv Joseph and Mehar Sethi. They executive produce with Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon and Limelight’s Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker. 20th Television produces.
Immigrant is the latest in a string of projects Nanjiani has worked on for Disney: He’s also in the cast of Marvel’s film Eternals and will appear in the Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+.
Banerjee found great success with the introduction of male exotic dancers at the Chippendales bar in West L.A., franchising the concept in multiple cities (the troupe now has a home base in Las Vegas) and sending touring troupes around the country.
He was also indicted in a murder-for-hire plot in the 1987 killing of Chippendales choreographer Nick De Noia, eventually pleading guilty to lesser charges. Banerjee hanged himself in jail in 1994 just before he was due to be sentenced.
Immigrant joins a slate of upcoming Hulu limited series that includes The Dropout, Nine Perfect Strangers, Pam & Tommy and Only Murders in the Building.
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