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, and Nicola Peltz.
According to Deadline, Robin De Jesús has joined the cast of the limited series and will be playing the role of Ray Colon, a proud Nuyorican from the Bronx who comes on the Chippendales scene as the resident handyman and self-proclaimed jack of all trades. Affable and eager-to-please, Ray reveres founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Kumail Nanjiani) and their growing friendship finds Ray in more than one compromising situation as the season progresses.
Robin De Jesús has previously starred in Netflix’s “Tick, Tick, Boom!” and “The Boys in the Band“.
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.