Kumail Nanjiani Turns to Drama with The True American

Kumail Nanjiani

Riding high off his hit comedy The Big Sick and its subsequent Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, Kumail Nanjiani is setting his sights on a dramatic role in The True American.  This will be the next film from director Pablo Larrain (Jackie) and it tells the true story of immigrant Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who was attacked and nearly killed by Mark Stroman (played by Mark Ruffalo) days after 9/11.  The story tracks the two men’s lives afterwards, ultimately leading to Bhuiyan publicly forgiving Stroman and waging a campaign to have him spared from the death penalty.  The film will be based on the book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas.

The True American certainly seems like it will be a very relevant movie for our time with plenty to say about the immigrant experience.  That being said, this could easily end up being a big awards-bait movie, but the addition of the typically comedic Nanjiani does make it a bit more interesting to me.  Despite being a comedy, The Big Sick had its share of dramatic moments as well, so I think Nanjiani is up to the task.  Will you be looking forward to a dramatic turn by Kumail Nanjiani?

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  • Lori Cerny

    Having watched The Big Sick all the way through five times, I must say that I am down with whatever project Nanjiani tackles. He is very likable and seems guileless. And good for him trying a different genre.