There is no “magic” at Chippendales. Instead, it’s just jealousy, murder, and unsolved mysteries at the heart of the truly sinister true crime story behind the Chippendales’ all-male exotic dance troupe.
Kumail Nanjiani transforms into Chippendales founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee for the Hulu series “Welcome to Chippendales,” streaming Nov. 22. Created by Robert Seigel (“The Wrestler”) and Jenni Konner (“Girls”), Somen’s “Welcome to Chippendales” depicts the rise and fall of the adult entertainment industry. The series is directed by Matt Shakman, with Nanjiani, his wife Emily V. Gordon, co-showrunner and writer Siegel, co-showrunner Konner, and writer Rajiv Joseph among the executive producers.
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According to the official synopsis, the sprawling true crime saga “Welcome to Chippendales” tells the terrifying true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who becomes the unlikely founder of the world’s largest hit-man empire, and never lets nothing standing in his. way in the process.
Nicola Peltz Beckham stars as Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten, tragically murdered by her husband Paul Snider (Dan Stevens), while Murray Bartlett stars as Emmy-winning screenwriter Nick De Noia for “The White Lotus”. The ensemble cast also includes Philip Shahbaz, Annaleigh Ashford, Robin de Jesús, and legendary “Yellowjackets” star Juliette Lewis.
Lead star Nanjiani called the limited series “the most challenging job I’ve ever done” in an interview with Vanity Fair, adding that he started living as Somen back pain. “The body doesn’t know the difference between you doing a sad scene and being really sad in real life,” Nanjiani said of her not-so-good acting process. “I did not do such work.”
Writer and co-showrunner Siegel said Nanjiani was “always my first choice” despite the fact that “Eternals” made her act “a little reluctant, or maybe nervous, about playing a bad guy.”
Siegel said, “He does bad things. You could say, well, this is a negative portrayal of an Indian man, but you could also choose to look at it because it subverts the stereotype of the model minority.”
“Welcome to the Chippendales” premieres November 22 on Hulu.
Check out the trailer below.
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