Kumail Nanjiani at the wheel: From scene-stealer to Stuber star

Kumail Nanjiani at the wheel: From scene-stealer to Stuber star

Nanjiani’s playing an Uber driver again, but this time he’s in the driver’s seat of a major studio film.


Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista


Michael Dowse

Release date

July 12, 2019

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From playing a dry-witted software engineer in Silicon Valley to winning over our hearts in the The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani is no stranger to owning the screen and getting laughs. The multi-hyphenate entertainer has been steadily rising, so we’re not surprised to see him taking the lead in his first major studio picture, Stuber.

Directed by Michael Dowse, Stuber follows Stu (played by Nanjiani), a mild-mannered Uber driver whose life takes a turn after he picks up a grizzled detective named Vic (Dave Bautista). When Stu learns that Vic is on the hunt for a killer, he accidentally gets pulled into the mission. The outcome? The buddy cop duo we didn’t know we needed. Nanjiani had to carefully consider playing the role of an Uber driver again (he also drove one in The Big Sick). But when it came down to it, he admitted that he really wanted to take on this role. We can’t blame him—add in an all-star, diverse cast that includes Bautista and Iko Uwais and you know you’re in for a great ride.

Here’s how this five-star comedian found the best possible route to land him in one of the summer’s hottest films.

He’s been stealing scenes the whole way

Before Nanjiani was skillfully delivering jokes in under 280 characters, he was pulling focus with no more than a few lines, taking on minor, yet hilarious roles in shows like Key and Peele and Portlandia, and movies like The Five Year Engagement and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. In 2014, he scored the part of Dinesh Chugtai on HBO’s Silicon Valley, an on-brand role (Nanjiani double-majored in computer science and philosophy) that made him a force to be reckoned with in the comedy space.

He didn’t wait around for “the big role,” he wrote it for himself

In 2017, Nanjiani played the lead in The Big Sick, an independently released film he wrote and produced with his wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their real-life love story. The movie received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay—a first for both Nanjiani and Gordon. To Nanjiani, wearing many hats in Hollywood only strengthens his game: “Being an actor makes me a better writer and being a writer makes me a better actor,” he told the LA Times.

He just doesn’t quit

Nanjiani added voice acting to his CV, too (The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Adventure Time) and it paid off—this year, he also voiced Pawny the comedic alien in Men in Black: International.

In 2020, he’ll be starring alongside fellow comedian Issa Rae in The Lovebirds, lending his voice to Plimpton the ostrich in The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle, and soon we'll see him join the MCU in Marvel’s upcoming film The Eternals.

Catch Kumail behind the wheel when Stuber hits theatres July 12th.

Stuber is the perfect action-comedy to watch with your buddies

It doesn't get better than a buddy-cop pairing like Bautista and Nanjiani. Escape the summer heat and share the ride, along with all of the laughs, with your own partner in crime.  

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