One of the more underrated, underseen comedy series to debut last year was “Ramy” on Hulu. The series tackled important topics such as religious persecution and bigotry by showcasing the trials and tribulations of its lead character, a young Muslim-American. In addition to its strong message, the series was just flat-out funny, thanks to its talented writing staff and lead performance by Ramy Youssef.
And as seen in the new trailer for Season 2 of the Hulu award-winning series, produced by none other than A24, Youssef is bringing some serious acting firepower to the new episodes thanks to the addition of Mahershala Ali to the cast, as a Muslim religious leader.
“I remember seeing an ad for the show on Instagram before it came out, and it immediately caught my attention and I messaged it to my wife, just on some like, ‘Oh, interesting Muslim content!'” said Ali (via EW). “He gets into what is problematic about taking certain actions and how as people we’re constantly having to wrestle with our choices and our desires, and at the end of the day really want to have peace and fulfillment and do strive to do what’s right.”
Ali isn’t the only person to notice “Ramy” during its first season. At this year’s Golden Globes, actor-creator Ramy Youssef took home the Best Actor in a Comedy Series trophy for his work on the first batch of episodes.
“Ramy” Season 2 drops on Hulu on May 29.
Here’s the synopsis:
The series follows first-generation, Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan (Youssef) who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. RAMY brings a new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it’s like to be caught between a religious community who believes life is a moral test, and a millennial generation that doubts an afterlife even exists. In the second season, Ramy delves further into his spiritual journey, finding a new Muslim community and embracing a deeper commitment to his faith.