No floppy-haired leading man for TV’s ‘Four Weddings’ take

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral pays homage to the 1994 film, but don’t expect a Hugh Grant copycat in the limited series.

Creator Mindy Kaling said she deliberately avoided duplicating the movie’s floppy-haired British guy as the romantic lead.

That character and look were “iconic” for Grant’s career and for British comedy, Kaling said, but they need stake out new ground.

“It makes room for a lot of other fascinating characters,” Kaling told a TV critics’ meeting. In the 10-episode Hulu series, it’s Pakistani-British character Kash who’s front and centre in the story of four friends and their love interests in London. He’s played by Nikesh Patel, a British actor of Indian descent.

The woman who catches his eye in episode one is black, played by British actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who was Missandei on Game of Thrones. Other cast members include Rebecca Rittenhouse, John Reynolds and Brandon Mychal Smith.

There are touches of Richard Curtis’ original film sprinkled throughout the series, including an opening scene with liberal use of a certain expletive. Andie MacDowell, who starred opposite Grant in the movie, is back in a different role.

FROM LEFT: Co-creator/Executive producer Matt Warburton, showrunner/executive producer Tracey Wigfield, co-creator/executive producer Mindy Kaling, Nathalie Emmanuel, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Brandon Mychal Smith participate in Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. – AP