Mindy Kaling’s comedy-of-age Netflix comedy series has found its lead. Newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan has been cast in the lead role of Devi following a worldwide open casting call for the untitled series from Kaling, The Mindy Project co-exec producer Lang Fisher and Universal TV.
Ramakrishnan of Toronto was selected out of 15,000 responses from around the world to Kaling’s online post about the open casting call. This will be her onscreen debut.
Co-created, co-written and executive produced by Kaling and Fisher, who also serve as showrunners, the Kaling/Fisher Project is inspired by Kaling’s own childhood. It follows the complicated life of Devi, a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl. She is an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.
Kaling and Fisher executive produce with 3 Arts’ Howard Klein and David Miner and Tristram Shapeero (Turn Up Charlie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
Ramakrishnan is repped by Sandra Gillis of Premier Artists Management in Toronto.