Himesh Patel joins cast of Armando Iannucci’s HBO comedy

Himesh Patel attends the UK Premiere of "Yesterday" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on June 18, 2019 in London, England. (Getty Images)

British Indian actor Himesh Patel has been cast opposite Hugh Laurie in HBO's "Avenue 5." Deadline reports that “Avenue 5,” created by Armando Iannucci, “is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.”

Patel will be seen as Jordan Hatwal, a young stand-up who is just starting out. When he’s offered an eight-week residency on Judd Galaxy’s inaugural luxury cruise around Saturn, he jumps at the chance to declare himself “the Funniest Man in the Universe.”

Patel stars in Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s anticipated rock ‘n’ roll comedy “Yesterday,” written by Richard Curtis, produced by Working Title and set to be released by Universal Pictures June 28. This fall, he’ll be seen alongside Felcity Jones and Eddie Redmayne in Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts.”

Patel has also finished filming on a six-part BBC2/Working Title TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s Man-Booker Prize-winning novel “The Luminaries” and currently can be seen in Morwenna Banks and Jo Brand’s Channel 4 sitcom “Damned.” .

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