Berlin: Zoe Kazan Joins Kumail Najiani
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Zoe Kazan will star in romantic comedy “The Big Sick” opposite “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani.

FilmNation is financing and selling the project to foreign buyers at the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival. UTA is handling domestic rights.

FilmNation came on board the project to fully finance and handle worldwide rights in December. Nanjiani wrote the script with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, based on their own relationship about the challenges faced by a Pakistan-born man (Nanjiani) and his American girlfriend (Kazan).

Michael Showalter, who directed “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” is attached to direct “The Big Sick.” Producers are Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel.

Nanjiani stars on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” as programmer Dinesh Chugtai. He is also a writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail.”

He appeared in “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” and “Sex Tape” and will co-host the Film Independent Spirit Awards with Kate McKinnon on Feb. 27.

Kazan’s credits include “Our Brand Is Crisis,” “What If” and “Ruby Sparks.” She’s starring in the upcoming “My Blind Brother” with Adam Scott and Jenny Slate.

Kazan is repped by UTA, Washington Square Films Management and Jackoway Tyerman. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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