Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis, Nicola Peltz Beckham and Dan Stevens star in the true crime series for Hulu, which airs on November 22.
There is no “magic” in Chippendales. Instead, it’s just jealousy, murder, and unsolved mysteries at the heart of the shockingly sinister true crime story behind the iconic all-male exotic dance group the Chippendales.
Kumail Nanjiani transforms into Chippendales founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee for the Hulu series “Welcome to Chippendales,” airing November 22. Created by Robert Seigel (“The Wrestler”) and Jenni Konner (“Girls”), “Welcome to Chippendales” showcases Somen’s rise and fall in the adult entertainment industry. Matt Shakman is directing the series, with Nanjiani, his wife Emily V. Gordon, co-showrunner and writer Siegel, co-showrunner Konner and writer Rajiv Joseph among the executive producers.
According to the official synopsis, the sprawling true-crime saga “Welcome to Chippendales” tells the scandalous true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of the world’s largest male strip empire, and didn’t let go. that nothing stood in his way in the process.
Nicola Peltz Beckham stars as Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten, who was tragically murdered by her husband Paul Snider (Dan Stevens), with “The White Lotus” reveal Murray Bartlett playing Emmy-winning choreographer Nick De Noia. The cast also includes Philip Shahbaz, Annaleigh Ashford, Robin de Jesus 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 began to get back pain living as Somen. “The body doesn’t know the difference between doing a sad scene and being really sad in real life,” Nanjiani said of her not-at-all-method acting process. “I had never done this kind of work.”
Writer and co-showrunner Siegel said that Nanjiani “was always my first choice” even though the “Eternals” performance was “a little reluctant, or maybe nervous, about playing a bad guy.”
Siegel summed up: “He does bad things. You could say, well, this is a negative portrayal of an Indian boy, but you could also choose to see it as subverting the stereotype of the model minority.”
“Welcome to Chippendales” premieres November 22 on Hulu.
Take a look at the trailer below.