Kunal Nayyar as ” A.J. Fikry” and Lucy Hale as “Amelia” in The Storied Life of A.J. Firky | Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry’s (Kunal Nayyar, “The Big Bang Theory”) life is not turning out as he expected as he struggles both emotionally and financially. After his wife’s tragic death, he feels lost and left behind in the rapidly evolving world of today. As he tries to keep his store afloat, he begins to drink his sorrows away, ultimately hitting rock bottom when his most prized possession, a series of Edgar Allen Poe poems, are stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, the unexpected arrival gives Fikry a new lease on life, and love, that are greater than he ever imagined.
Before acting came to place for Lucy Hale she seeked a singing career while participating in Fox reality show American Junior. In hope of landing a recording deal in LA instead she began to audition and made several television appearances in television series like The O.C., and How I Met Your Mother. Her first full length series was for NBC’s Bionic Woman followed by others like, Privileged, Pretty Little Liars. Hale’s debut in film was with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and came the big franchises Scream 4 and Fantasy Island. Last year she was seen in CW’s Riverdale and romance comedy, The Hating Game. This year was Borrego and Big Gold Brick.
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Although Kunal Nayyar was born in England he grew up in India. While majoring in Business at the University of Portland he enrolled in acting classes. While in his senior year he was invited to participate in an acting competition during the American College Theater Festival and won the Mark Twain Award. Nayyar’s education shifted and received his masters from Temple University in Philadelphia. Most know him for CBS hit The Big Bang Theory but has participated in other projects like Ice Age: Continental Drift, Trolls and Netflix’s Criminal: UK. Earlier this year he was seen in the Apple+ series, Suspicion.
I was connected with Kunal Nayyar and Lucy Hale on a Saturday last month to talk about The Storied Life of A.J. Firky. Nayyar expressed how he portrays his characters. While Hale spoke of similarities to her character. They both discussed what made them also want to take on as executive producers, novel titles and more!
The Storied Life of A.J. Firky is in theaters October 7, 2022
Source: LRMExclusive, Vertical Entertainment