20th Television is developing a new limited series about the true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales. The series will detail the insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.
The series is currently going by the working title of “Immigrant” and will star Kumail Nanjiani in the lead role. It will also star Murray Bartlett, Dan Stevens, Annaleigh Ashford, Quentin Plair, Andrew Rannells, Robin De Jesús and Nicola Peltz.
Deadline has revealed that Juliette Lewis has joined the series and will be playing the role of Denise. Straight-talking, no-nonsense Denise goes from Chippendales groupie to loyal right-hand consigliere to its choreographer, Nick De Noia (Murray Bartlett). She looks after the New York club, as well as the Chippendales national tours, and weathers the increasingly volatile relationship between De Noia and Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee (Nanjiani).
Juliette Lewis has previously starred in “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Yellowjackets”, “Secrets and Lies” and much more.
The series is being executive produced by Kumail Nanjiani and “Pam & Tommy” creator Robert Siegel, who is going to be a showrunner on the series, along with Jenni Konner, who is also executive producing. Also producing the series is Dylan Sellers, Matt Shakman, Emily V. Gordon, Nora Silver and Rajiv Joseph, who is writing on the series along with Mehar Sethi. Matt Skakman is going to be directing the series. Jacqui Rivera is a co-executive producer, and Annie Wyman is a co-producer.
“Immigrant” will be released as a Hulu Original in the U.S. and internationally as an Original on Disney+ under the Star banner and on Star+ in Latin America.