Kal Penn confirmed for FX pilot, Knives Out co-stars reunite and Kumail Nanjiani headlines Hulu series
This series from 20th Century Television will star Kumail Nanjiani (Eternals, The Lovebirds) and tell the story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian-American immigrant who founded Chippendales. According to press materials, “the series will detail the insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.” The project begins filming in Los Angeles on February 7, with Robert Siegel and Jenni Konner showrunning and Academy Award-nominated Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger, Chop Shop) directing.
Ghosted (Apple TV+)
Produced by Skydance Media and set to be distributed on Apple TV+, this romantic action-adventure film will feature Knives Out co-stars Chris Evans and Ana de Armas in a plot that has been described as “a high-concept romantic action-adventure in the vein of Romancing the Stone.” Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman) and written by the team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland), the project begins principal photography on February 14 and shoots in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
A comedy pilot written, directed and executive produced by Rescue Me and The Job co-creator Peter Tolan will begin filming in Toronto on February 9. The half-hour comedy will star Kal Penn (Designated Survivor, the Harold & Kumar film series) as a recently out gay man in his 40s forming an intergenerational bond with a 17-year-old trans teen.
Sam & Kate (Bankside Films)
Starring Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Carrie) and Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man), this family dramedy will be the directorial debut of Darren Le Gallo. The plot follows Bill, the larger-than-life father being taken care of by Sam (Jake Hoffman), who has returned home to take care of his ailing father. While home, Sam falls for a local woman, Kate (Schuyler Fisk). At the same time, Bill starts to fall for her mom, Tina (Spacek). Filming will begin in Thomasville, Georgia on February 15.