The Big Sick — Trailer


added: Tue, May 2nd '17

Stand-up comedian/comic actor Kumail Nanjiani, who is perhaps best known as one of the breakout stars of the hit HBO series "Silicon Valley," will be making his way onto the big screen this summer with his semi-biographical comedy "The Big Sick."

The debut trailer has just been released, and it highlights Nanjiani's quirky and delightfully awkward sense of humor as he plays a fictionalized version of himself.

The film, which also stars Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Oscar-winner Holly Hunter and comedy star Ray Romano, is co-written by Nanjiani and his wife, comic writer Emily V. Gordon. The story is a dramatized version of their real-life courtship during which Nanjiani was an aspiring comic and Emily (played by Kazan in the film) was a grad student.

In the movie, their relationship takes a surprise left turn when Emily becomes severely sick and then hospitalized. Like in real life, the episode creates an uncomfortable and slightly contentious first meeting between Nanjiani and Emily's conservative parents (played here by Romano and Hunter). Despite their cultural differences, they eventually come together while Emily recovers in the hospital.

Directed by comedian Michael Showalter, who last year helmed the Sally Field comedy "Hello, My Name Is Doris," and executive produced by Judd Apatow, "The Big Sick" made a huge splash at both Sundance and SXSW this year. The film is now getting a theatrical release on June 23rd.

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.

When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.


directed by   Michael Showalter

starring   Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, Adeel Akhtar, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Shenaz Treasurywala

release date   June 23, 2017 (in select theaters)

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