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Amazon casts Anil Kapoor in pilot based on ‘The Book of Strange New Things’

MUMBAI: Amazon has cast renowned actor and producer Anil Kapoor in its pilot based on ‘The Book of Strange New Things’. This will mark Kapoor’s debut show on a digital video service.

Prime Video, which is coming as an added benefit for Amazon Prime members in India, will be the exclusive subscription streaming home for Amazon’s new original pilot ‘The Book of Strange New Things’.

The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘24’ actor will play the role of Vikram Danesh, the authoritative head of the base on Oasis.

Based on the cult-hit novel from Michael Faber, Amazon’s upcoming pilot follows a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test but life as we know it. The pilot is set to be written and executive produced by Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies) and produced by Andy Harries (Strike Back) and Lila Rawlings (Left Bank Productions) with Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) directing. The one-hour drama pilot is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Left Bank Productions. 

Nitesh Kripalani - Executive Vice President - New Media - Business Development & Digital - Syndication- Sony Entertainment Network“The Book of Strange New Things is a mesmerizing genre-defying novel from a writer in full command of his many talents, and we couldn’t think of anyone better than Anil Kapoor to play this complex role. He is one of India’s most respected stars and we are honoured to work with him on the pilot,” said Amazon Video India director and country head Nitesh Kripalani. “We know our Prime members are going to love the monumental novel being brought to life with Anil being cast in it.”

A highly successful movie producer and media entrepreneur, Kapoor grew up surrounded by the burgeoning Mumbai film industry and his acting career has spanned 37 years, with appearances in more than 150 films. Kapoor has amassed six Filmfare Awards from 15 nominations as an actor and three prestigious National Film Awards for his work as an actor and filmmaker. He has been recognized with a SAG award for his role on ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and served as president of the fictional Republic of Kamistan on ’24’. He has also starred opposite Tom Cruise in 2012’s blockbuster ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’.

Kapoor is represented by David Unger at Three Six Zero Entertainment.