There have been some great comedy pairings recently. Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis owned pretty hard in The Spy Who Dumped Me. Ditto for Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in Hot Pursuit. But a new dynamic duo will soon emerge to snatch the crown. According to Variety, Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra are set to star in an untitled Indian wedding comedy that’s reportedly a cross between Crazy Rich Asians and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
To make things even more tantalizing, Kaling is reportedly penning the script herself, and might even direct the film herself. And who better to go along for the ride than Chopra, who as you might have heard, just had a big fat Indian wedding of her own to Nick Jonas. Dan Goor, the co-creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and a Parks and Recreation vet will also co-write alongside Kaling.
The news marks the latest phase of Kaling’s swift Hollywood takeover. After more than holding her own alongside big screen heavyweights Sandra Bullock and Cate Banchett in Ocean’s 8, Kaling wowed both critics and audiences at Sundance with her starring role in Late Night, a buzzy late night comedy which she also wrote herself.
She’s also in the process of casting her recently-announced Netflix comedy, which is being described as a semi-autobiographical look at the life of a first-generation Indian American teen girl. Kaling recently posted about the casting sessions on social media, writing that she’s specifically looking for Desi actors. “ATTENTION DESI LADIES! I’m holding OPEN casting calls for leads in my new Netflix show! I’m THRILLED to have the opportunity to do this,” she captioned her post. “The parts are so juicy and funny, and I’m SO excited to meet you! Full info is above! GOOD LUCK!”
It would also mark a major career milestone for Priyanka Chopra as well. Though she’d had major parts in American films like Isn’t it Romantic? and Baywatch, this could mark the Bollywood star’s first lead role in an American film. Though, she’s also attached to Cowboy Ninja Viking alongside Chris Pratt.
Kaling and Chopra’s movie will also likely feature an extremely diverse cast, further cementing The Mindy Project’s star’s status as one of the major driving forces behind the push for more representation and diversity in Hollywood.
Priyanka Chopra’s Best Red Carpet Looks, from Bollywood to J Sisterhood
Priyanka Chopra at the premiere of What’s Your Raashee? during the Toronto International Film Festival, September 2009.
Priyanka Chopra at the 12th International Marrakech Film Festival, December 2012.
Priyanka Chopra at the premiere of Disney’s Planes‘ in Hollywood, August 2013.
Priyanka Chopra at Paper Magazine’s Party Celebrating Her Single “La Cenita” in New York, January 2014.
Priyanka Chopra at the 25th anniversary MusiCares Gala honoring Bob Dylan in Los Angeles, February 2015.
Priyanka Chopra at a press junket for Bajirao Mastani in New York, December 2015.
Priyanka Chopra in Vera Wang at the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, January 2016.
Priyanka Chopra at ELLE‘s 6th Annual Women in Television Dinner in West Hollywood, January 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in Monique Lhuillier at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, January 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in Zuhair Murad at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in Jenny Packham at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, February 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in ST. studio by Olcay Gulsen at the 2016 Time 100 Gala in New York, April 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in Altuzarra at the Altuzarra spring 2017 show during New York Fashion Week, September 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in Jason Wu at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, September 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in Carolina Herrera at the designer’s launch party for her book, Carolina Herrera: 35 Years of Fashion in New York, October 2016.
Priyanka Chopra at the Second Annual InStyle Awards in Los Angeles, October 2016.
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, January 2017.
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph and Russo at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 2017.
Priyanka Chopra in Ralph Lauren at the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” Met Gala in New York, May 2017.
Priyanka Chopra promoting Baywatch on Despierta America in Miami, May 2017.
Priyanka Chopra in Armani at the Giorgio Armani Prive fall 2017 couture show during Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week, July 2017.
Priyanka Chopra attends the ‘Pahuna: The Little Visitors’ premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Scotiabank Theatre on September 7, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra arrives to the premiere of Isn’t It Romantic at the Ace Hotel on February 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas attend the Chopard Party during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2019 in Cannes, France. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas attend the screening of “Les Plus Belles Annees D’Une Vie” during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2019 in Cannes, France. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra attends the screening of Rocketman during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 in Cannes, France. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Priyanka Chopra attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.