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Avenue 5 - Himesh Patel Joins HBO's Space Comedy Series from Veep Creator



Himesh Patel (Yesterday, The Luminaries, The Aeronauts, EastEnders) has joined the cast of HBO's space comedy series Avenue 5 from Veep creator Armando Iannucci per Deadline.

Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong.

The series is created, written and executive produced by Armando Iannucci. Iannucci also directed the pilot. Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Will Smith serve as executive producers.

Patel will play 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." Unfortunately for him, comedy clubs in space famously have no atmosphere. And he doesn't quite have enough material to last the journey. And his fragile self-confidence means it might not be long before he's heckling himself. He's had a few bad gigs in his time, but nothing that could possibly prepare him for this.

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Hamish Patel joins previously cast Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura and Ethan Phillips.

Character descriptions if you missed them from the pilot castings or just need a refresher.

Hugh Laurie will play Ryan Clark, captain of space cruise ship Avenue 5. Suave, outwardly confident, controlled, and personable, Ryan is the man you want in charge of a crisis.

Josh Gad as Herman Judd, the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5, and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism. Judd is used to a life of luxury; his fortune was made from holiday resorts and he thinks he’s good at everything else. Terrible at science, he leaves that to the experts he employs to give him the answers he wants.

Zach Woods as Matt Spencer, head of customer relations. Despite being a nihilist, Matt is a nice guy who can’t wait to get to the end of his final cruise before promotion to a more senior role on Earth. He has a performance background, but gave up trying to make it as an entertainer years ago.

Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control on Earth. Extremely intelligent, intense, and slightly odd, she is frustrated and exhausted by lack of control. Rav is racked with guilt at having sent her two best friends into space in an attempt to fix their failing marriage.

Rebecca Front as Karen Kelly, a born leader who illicitly boarded Avenue 5 using her sister’s non-transferable ticket. Strong-willed, articulate, likeable, Karen soon finds herself becoming the voice of the passengers, enjoying her newfound power.

Lenora Crichlow as Billie McEvoy, second engineer. Young, outspoken, smart, career-focused, but exhausted by responsibility, Billie loves building and fixing things. She is terrified of dying in space.

Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right-hand-woman. Straight to the point, sharp and serious, Iris has a very particular sense of humor. Iris is a “fixer,” there to work out what Judd wants, even if it’s unclear, and make sure it happens whilst ensuring it doesn’t cause anyone or anything any harm.

Ethan Phillips as Spike Martin, elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut. Spike is a grizzled womanizer and heavy drinker who is also surprisingly good with kids. Spike thinks he should have a higher status due to his achievements as an astronaut, but not many people know who he is. He often boasts of being the first Canadian to land on Mars, which isn’t strictly true.

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