Aasif Mandvi Will Write, Co-Produce and Co-Star in HBO Series "The Brink"

Aasif Mandvi, who starred in Off-Broadway's Disgraced and was seen on Broadway in Oklahoma!, will serve as writer, co-producer and co-star of the new HBO dark comedy series "The Brink," according to Deadline.com.

Written by Roberto Benabib and his brother, Kim Benabib, "The Brink" will focus on three desperate men — U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins), Foreign Service officer Alex Coppins (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan (Pablo Schreiber) — who try to save the planet from World War III.

Mandvi ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") will play Rafiq Massoud, a young Pakistani employed by the U.S. Embassy.

Filming is slated to begin later this year on the series, which will be directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub.

Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach are executive producers, with Kim Benabib and Susan Ekins as co-executive producers and Mandvi as co-producer.

Additionally, Mandvi's memoir "No Man's Land," will be published in October.