Master of None star, Aziz Ansari, proved that he is actually the master of all -and then some. The Golden Globe winner is known for his iconic roles in Parks and Recreation and, of course, his series, Master of None, for which he both acts and writes. Ansari is set to make his directorial debut in an unnamed comedy-drama, or dramedy, based on surgeon-turned-writer Atul Gawande's book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Here's what we know so far.
Ansari will be taking center stage in the upcoming film - as he is additionally writing, producing, and starring in the Searchlight Pictures dramedy. The author of the non-fiction book, Atul Gawande, will assist as executive producer in Ansari's adaption of the book. Joining Ansari on the screen will be an absolute legend, Bill Murray. The actor is best known for his roles in iconic films, such as Ghostbusters (1984), Groundhog Day (1993), and Lost in Translation which the actor won a Golden Globe for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2003. Murray joined the infamous Saturday Night Live cast during season two of the long-standing show over 45 years ago in its early stages and became known for his "deadpan" humor. We can't wait to see those two kill it together!
"Aziz Ansari is an incredible talent, and, with this script, he brings a singular combination of insightful humor and pathos," said David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, Searchlight's presidents. "We're thrilled to be partnering with him on his feature directorial debut, which is long overdue, and of course working with the genius Bill Murray once again." Declared as a Best Book of the Year by sources such as The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post, the hit book tells both his personal account and carefully researched stories of end-of-life care and the emphasis on a good life all the way through.
We can't wait to see Ansari's comical approach to the story, and of course, the highly esteemed Bill Murray's performance in the upcoming film. The comedian just wrapped up his "Last Minute Tour" and will be joining other celebrated comedians in Netflix's forthcoming comedy festival, "Netflix is a Joke," this Spring in L.A.