The first trailer for Sundance sensation, The Big Sick has made an appearance, and we’re very happy about it. The romantic comedy looks to break with the norm, removing the requisite sick bag from this genre to give audiences something just a little more real to sink their love filled fangs into.
When we say real, the story is actually penned by lead actor Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon who have based the story on their own actual interracial love story. Kumail plays himself and is joined by Zoe Kazan to play Emily. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter play Emily’s parents, who Kumail is forced on in the trailer. The trailer goes from 0-100 real quick with Emily and Kumail just after a one night stand to Kumail attending the hospital after Emily is put into an enforced coma, seeing Kumail actually having to build a relationship with her less than passive parents.
THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name is Doris) and produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck This is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenenbaums).
The Big Sick Official Synopsis
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.