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?