Kal Penn Joins Cast of 24

Kal Penn joins the cast of 24.
Kal Penn’s star is rising—he’s been everwhere since Nirali interviewed him in September 2004.

Kal Penn has joined the cast of 24, Fox’s Emmy-winning drama about Jack Bauer and his quest to stop the terrorists. I don’t watch the show, but word is that Penn is going to play the recurring role of a man who is involved with a nefarious Muslim leader who “may or may not be plotting a terrorist attack.” (Aside: Oy. I’ve heard good things about the show, but as a Muslim, I’m reluctant to check it out—does it perpetuate stereotypes? Hmm, I may have to rent the DVDs.)

Penn’s star is certainly rising: Not only was he in Superman, he will soon film Harold & Kumar Go to Amsterdam, the follow-up to 2004’s Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. The Van Wilder sequel is going to be based on Penn’s character Taj and will be called Van Wilder 2: Rise of the Taj. And who can forget his leading role in The Namesake, Mira Nair’s film adaptation of the Jhumpa Lahiri novel, due out this spring.

Looks like Kal Penn is officially in the big leagues. Good thing he still knows how to have fun. Check out his official MySpace profile for some hilarious videos that are somewhat…unexplainable?…but amusing nonetheless. And don’t forget to read our September 2004 feature on Penn himself.

August 22, 2006
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  1. September 30, 2006, 9:27 pm Just a Thought

    Hi,

    I just read an interview with Kal Penn and he said that he doesn’t have a my space profile and actually there are people posing as him on my space.

    Thought you’d like to know

  2. October 1, 2006, 12:08 am Nirali Magazine

    Actually, Kal Penn wrote this on the Namesake blog:

    For all you myspacers, after a bunch of requests from you guys, there is now an official “Kal Penn Myspace Profile” that a friend of mine runs. I don’t update myself, but I send him videos and links to put up, as well as information & Q&As pertaining to films. It’s the only legitimate kal penn myspace profile, so if you’re on myspace, you can check it out at http://www.myspace.com/kalpenn