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COVID Causes Hulu’s Chippendales Series To Cease Production

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: General view of atmosphere at the Hulu 2013 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Hulu)

This week, production on Hulu’s upcoming Chippendales series was halted after a member of the production tested positive for COVID.

According to Deadline, production is expected to resume next week, but this scare is a reminder that, despite rolled back restrictions all over the world, COVID still exists and could surge again should we all become careless.

Over the last few weeks, celebs such as former President Barack Obama, actor Kenneth Branagh, and even director Matt Reeves have all tested positive for COVID. with the latter even having to miss the world premiere of his film The Batman.

The series, which is currently untitled after originally going by the name Immigrant, is the latest project from Pam & Tommy creator and tells the true story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales. The series will detail the insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.

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Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani is set to play Banerjee. Also set to star in the series is Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast), Quentin Plair (The Good Lord Bird), Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus), and Juliette Lewis (Yellowjackets).

Nanjiani and will executive produce this series, which will consist of eight episodes. Robert Siegel, also the writer of Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, will work alongside Nanjiani as writer and executive producer. Jacqui Rivera is co-executive producer and Annie Wyman is co-producer. 20th Television serves as the studio on the series. WandaVision director Matt Shakman is on board to helm the series.

SOURCE: Deadline