Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford has been cast to star alongside Kumail Nanjiani in the Hulu limited series Immigrant (working title), of Pam and Tommy designer Robert Siegel.
Written and produced by Siegel, Immigrant (wt) is the true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Nanjiani), the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales. The series will detail the crazy, dark and comedic crime story behind the single male revue that has become a cultural phenomenon.
Ashford will play the series regular role of Irene. An accountant by trade, Irene is the wife of Chippendales founder Steve Banerjee (Nanjiani), who fell in love with a shared passion for tax loopholes and revenue expansion. Shy and unassuming at first, she gradually finds her place within the company, becoming a formidable powerhouse behind the scenes.
Murray Bartlett also stars as producer-choreographer Nick De Noia.
Siegel and Nanjiani serve as executive producers alongside Dylan Sellers, Jenni Konner, Ramin Bahrani, Emily V. Gordon, Nora Silver and Rajiv Joseph, who will write on the series with Mehar Sethi. Siegel and Konner serve as co-showrunners and Bahrani will direct. Jacqui Rivera is co-executive producer and Annie Wyman is co-producer. 20th Television serves as the studio for the series.
Ashford recently starred as Paula Jones in Ryan Murphy’s FX series Impeachment: History of American Crime, and currently acting in comedy B Positive for CBS. She has already starred in Showtime’s masters of sex, HBO Emmys Bad Education and she also appeared in the Netflix series Incredible. Ashford is replaced by ICM, Beth Rosner Management and Schreck, Rose, Dapello, Adams, Berlin and Dunham.