My Beautiful Laundrette is being remade for TV, and will star Big Sick actor Kumail Nanjiani.
The love story of a British-Pakistani man rekindling a romantic relationship with an extremist street punk is considered a gay classic of the 1980s.
My Beautiful Laundrette is getting a remake
It originally starred Gordon Warnecke as Omar Ali and Daniel Day-Lewis as Johnny.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, but lost to Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters.
The remake of the 1985 indie film, while yet to find a distributor, is planned to have 10 episodes.
My Beautiful Laundrette, the TV show, will be executive produced by Oscar-winning writer-director Stephen Gaghan, along with original writer Hanif Kureishi and Silicon Valley’s Alec Berg.
Should a straight actor play a gay part?
While some hailed the idea of a remake of the classic romantic story, some questioned if Nanjiani is a good choice to play the lead.
On Facebook, one fan of the film said: ‘ It’s an opportunity taken from queer South Asian actor, whose queerness (compounded with their ethnicity) is probably more often than not an obstacle in their career.
‘Aside from that, straight actors rarely perform homosexuality correctly.
‘They tend to waver between minstrelsy and erasure, but most often, simply fail to be compelling. A gay actor could bring an element of truth to this performance that Kumail simply can’t.’
Others were more positive about the casting. It is not yet confirmed whether Nanjiani will play the lead part.
kumail namjiani’s creating and starring in a tv vers. of my beautiful laundrette pic.twitter.com/ahllCfFjIr
— i’ll take u to the moon (@awakemp4) January 11, 2018
While some were more cautious about how to feel until they received more information.
I have so many complicated feelings and questions about a potential My Beautiful Laundrette remake/show with Kumail. I need more information immediately.
— Jalal Haddad (@theleztaylor) January 11, 2018
And others, let’s face it, just want to know one thing.
i wonder how the my beautiful laundrette tv adaptation is gonna recreate the sheer magic of daniel day lewis licking his boyfriend’s neck
— leonardo da binchi (@spikejonzes) January 11, 2018