What We Know About Hulu’s ‘Welcome to Chippendales’ Series So Far

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In the newly-released trailer for Welcome to Chippendales, a character is shown saying, “You’re a bad man, Mr. Banerjee,” and that pretty much sums up the entire series. This forthcoming Hulu original explores the true crime story behind the famous male stripper revue, Chippendales, which was founded by Somen “Steve” Banerjee.

The entrepreneur found success in the company, following two failed businesses, and refused to let anything get in his way. This might explain why he was later convicted for attempted arson, racketeering, and murder for hire.

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The series comes from Pam & Tommy creator Robert Siegel and teases a rollercoaster ride fueled with sex, drugs, and jealousy. Siegel and lead actor Kumail Nanjiani executive produce, alongside Jenni Konner (who also serves as the co-showrunner), Matt Shakman, Emily V. Gordon, Nora Silver, and series writer Rajiv Joseph.

And while Siegel and Nanjiani aren’t the first to tell this story (it was fictionalized in the 2000 film The Chippendales Murder), they have had their eye on the prize for quite some time. In August, Variety reported that multiple scripts have been written for the series, which first started as an indie film with actors like Dev Patel and Aamir Khan were in talks to play Banerjee. After the success of Pam & Tommy, the series got its “second life,” and Siegel wanted to use the opportunity to “say a lot of things about the American dream, about capitalism, about assimilation, and what it means to be an American.”

Nanjiani, who plays the corrupt business owner, joined the project after it gained new momentum, and has called it “the most challenging job” he’s ever done. Teasing his character’s tragic demise, he said, “[Somen] had so many moments where he could have taken the right road and he didn’t. There are five different forks and each time, each crossroad, he took the exact wrong path.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Welcome to Chippendales, including the trailer, release, date, cast, and more.

The Welcome to Chippendales trailer introduces viewers to Nanjiani’s Somen “Steve” Banerjee, a simple man who became blinded by his pursuit for “sheer opulence.” Throughout the trailer, there are witty one-liners (“I have something to tell you, Paul, women get horny!”), glimpses of cocaine and briefcases full of money (which never leads to anything good), and tons of hot, shirtless male strippers. And the final kick: a fiery needle drop of the 80s classic “Any Way You Want It” by Journey.

However, eventually the fun comes to an end, leaving us with a dead body, a loaded shotgun and veiled threats of “burning this place to the ground.”

Thankfully, the Welcome to Chippendales synopsis isn’t too spoilery, which means the big surprises will remain a treat for those unfamiliar with the true story.

The synopsis reads: “A sprawling true-crime saga, Welcome to Chippendales tells the outrageous story of Somen “Steve” Banerjee, an Indian immigrant who became the unlikely founder of the world’s greatest male-stripping empire—and let nothing stand in his way in the process.”

Welcome to Chippendales premieres Tuesday, November 22 with two episodes on Hulu. New episodes will stream weekly on Tuesdays.

Welcome to Chippendales stars Kumail Nanjiani as Somen “Steve” Banerjee, along with Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis, and Annaleigh Ashford as key players. Recurring actors include Quentin Plair, Robin de Jesús, Andrew Rannells, and Spencer Boldman, with Nicola Peltz Beckham and Dan Stevens in guest appearances.

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