Aasif Mandvi is expanding his role on the new HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink. The Daily Show correspondent has a co-starring role on the show, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub. In addition to that, he now will serve as a writer/co-producer on the series. Additionally, his memoir No Man’s Land, an account of a second-generation immigrant’s search for meaning and identity in an increasingly confusing world, will be published in October.
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Written by former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins); Alex Coppins (Jack Black), a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber), an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Mandvi plays Rafiq Massoud, a young Pakistani employed by the U.S. Embassy whose love of America runs as deep as his resentment. Filming is slated to begin later this year. Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Jay Roach executive produce, Kim Benabib and Susan Ekins co-executive produce, and Mandvi co-produces. Mandvi, repped by ICM, Sweet 180 and attorney Bruce Gellman, co-stars in the upcoming film Million Dollar Arm with Jon Hamm.