Kal Penn hints at a 4th ‘Harold & Kumar’ film

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Kal Penn has hinted on a possibility of the fourth film in the “Harold & Kumar” franchise, adding that creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have started developing ideas for it.

“Hey, we were just talking about that with Jon and Hayden, the two guys who wrote it,” Penn said.

“I would consider myself lucky if I had the chance to make “Harold and Kumar 15” when I’m 70 years old,” Penn said, adding that it's still a little ways off from coming together given the busy schedules of everyone involved. “They’re busy working on Cobra Kai," Penn said. "John and I both have our own things this year so I think our hope is towards the end of the year, we’d like to toss something around and see what might work.”

The actor was speaking at a Television Critics Association panel on Aug. 8 for “Sunnyside, “the new NBC comedy in which he stars and he co-created. The single-camera comedy revolves around former New York City Councilman Garrett Shah (Penn), who finds his calling when faced with seven recent immigrants in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.

Penn played Kumar Patel with John Cho as Harold in three films, “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle,” “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” and “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.” The third film came out in 2011.

Penn is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner TV series “House,” as well as his performance in the film “The Namesake. “Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer. In April 2009, Penn joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, for which his TV character, Lawrence Kutner, had to be written out of ‘House.”

Penn briefly left his post in June 2010 to film the third installment of the “Harold & Kumar” series, returning to his White House job upon the movie's completion. In July 2011, he again left the White House to accept a role in the television series “How I Met Your Mother.” In 2016, he began playing Seth Wright in the political drama “Designated Survivor” and served as host of the game show “Superhuman.”

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