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Migration Star Kumail Nanjiani Says "Absolutely Not" to This Potential Guest Star Gig

Migration stars Kumail Nanjiani and Elizabeth Banks talk about some things they want to do and some things they really don't want to do in the future. 

By Chris Phelan

December 22 is just a few days away, which means moviegoers are getting excited for the theatrical release of Migration!

We’re doing our part in hyping what many critics and early viewers are calling an “instant classic” by giving you a backstage pass into the minds of some of the movie’s biggest stars. NBC Insider recently caught up with two of the stars of Migration, Kumail Nanjiani and Elizabeth Banks, and asked them a few questions about their careers.

Do Kumail Nanjiani and Elizabeth Banks Have WWE Aspirations?

Kumail Nanjiani stands on a red carpet wearing a colorful outfit

Among those hard-hitting questions was whether Nanjiani had given any thought to doing more with the WWE after famously cheering on his friend and Stuber co-star, Dave Bautista, at WrestleMania 35. So, did his time at ringside make him want to go on the other side of the ropes with the larger-than-life Superstars of WWE?

“No, Absolutely not,” Nanjiani confessed. “I would smash a chair, but I don’t want retaliation for it.”

(Oh, Kumail. You’re not alone in that sentiment!)

“I liked where I was, which was watching Dave [Bautista] do it from 30 feet away [at WrestleMania in 2019],” he added.

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Banks, however, has much higher WWE ambitions, which we’re sure will be much to the delight of her fans.

“I wouldn’t mind getting up and jumping off the top [turnbuckle] and flying,” Banks admitted before adding the most pertinent part of her wish, much to the surprise of Nanjiani:

“And landing directly on Dave Bautista.”

“I feel like the landing is the part you’re excited about,” Naniani deadpanned.

“Please let him know I’d like to do that,” Banks requested to NBC Insider. Hey, why is this on us? Isn’t this the exact type of thing DMs were made for?

What Are Kumail Nanjiani and Elizabeth Banks’ Dream Voice Roles?

A scene from the movie Migration

However, before the two of them could go into any further detail, the subject changed things they'd both actually like to do. For example, do they have any animated characters they’d love to voice in the future?

“I’ve gotten to do a lot of the stuff I really wanted to do,” Nanjiani explained. “But I got to be in The Simpsons. I got to do a Lego movie, you know, I got to be a duck in Migration. That’s the trifecta. When you’re a kid, you want to be a Lego, a duck, and [be on] The Simpsons.”

Meanwhile, Banks’ had a scarily specific (albeit a little improbable) dream voiceover role right on the tip of her tongue.

“Cruella de Ville for sure,” Banks said without skipping a beat. “I’m also open to being the next Darth Vader – I mean, I’ll be a Sith Lord! I think it could work, but with a valley-girl twist. Like, ‘You’re really underestimating my ability to control your mind right now!”

Between throwing her entire body onto Dave Bautista in the ring and her rather unique spin on a classic movie villain, we have to hand it to her – when Elizabeth Banks dreams, she dreams big!

When Did Kamail Nanjiani Attend WrestleMania?

Kumail Nanjiani famously sat in the front row at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium in 2019 in support of his friend Dave Bautista. Of course, it was at WrestleMania 35 where Big Dave and Triple H battled in an epic No Holds Barred match – a match that saw Triple H ultimately overcome his longtime adversary. But we have to admit, Nanjiani cheered on his friend like no other – a fact that WWE cameras captured during the event:

Although cameras didn’t catch Nanjiani’s reaction after Bautista came up short that night, we can only assume he was rightfully despondent, devastated, and distraught. However, there’s a cure for those sad feelings in 2023: Watch Migation – only in theaters on December 22!

Not only does Kamail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks, Awkwafina, and the rest of Migration’s star-studded cast think that’ll do the trick – but Dave Bautista thinks so, too (we're guessing).

Catch up on all things WWE Universe on Peacock. Migration premieres in theaters on December 22.

Reporting by Grace Jidoun