In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Maz Jobrani is going to star in the ABC comedy pilot Funny in Farsi.
Marjan Nehsat is set to star opposite Jobrani (both actors are natives of Iran). The pilot is based on the memoir from Iranian-born author Firoozeh Dumas about coming of age in the 1970s in Newport Beach, Calif.
Barry Sonnenfeld is directing the pilot. Hrach Titizian has also been cast.
Funny in Farsi will be a single-camera family comedy. Jobrani is going to play a dad, Mohammed Sayed Kazem Jazeyeri (aka Kaz). He is an engineer for an oil company who emigrated with his family from Iran to Newport Beach.
Neshat will play the role of the mother Nazireh (aka Nancy), who is having a rough time assimilating to her new environment.
Titizian is going to be Uncle Mansoor, Kaz's happy-go-lucky younger brother.