Indian actress Freida Pinto seemingly has been MIA since starring in the 2008 movie that charmed American audiences, “Slumdog Millionaire,” but that’s about to change in 2011 starting with this month’s “Miral.”
Pinto did have a part in last year’s Woody Allen movie “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” as a neighbor that caught the eye of Josh Brolin’s character, but her politically-charged movie “Miral” is getting more attention this year. The model-turned-actress is definitely out to prove that she’s not just a one-hit wonder in the movie about a Palestinian girl who grows up in an orphanage. The school is run by Hind Husseini, a woman who believes that education and peace are important above all else. But when Pinto’s character Miral falls in love with a freedom fighter during the first Arab-Israeli war, she finds herself feeling conflicted. The movie, which is currently in limited release, is based on the autobiography of Rula Jebreal, whom Pinto bears a striking resemblance to.
Freida will also star in “Rise of the Apes,” a prequel to the classic “Planet of the Apes.” In the movie, which was recently given an Aug. 5 release date, James Franco and Freida play primatologists who find themselves in the middle of the war between apes and humans.
In another of Pinto’s 2011 projects, she’ll be playing the beautiful Phaedra, an oracle who can see the future as long as she remains a virgin, in the epic adventure “Immortals.” The movie is based on the Grecian tale of Theseus (Henry Cavill) as he leads the fight against the army of King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who is hell-bent on destroying all of humanity. “Immortals” hits theaters on Nov. 11.
Pinto has also rejoined her “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” costar Antonio Banderas in “Black Gold,” a story set in the 1930s that focuses on the rivalry between Arabian rulers as oil is being discovered. The movie based on the book “The Great Thirst” could hit theaters around Christmas this year. “Black Gold” also stars actor Riz Ahmed, who will be rejoining Freida in the 2012 movie “Trishna,” an Indian retelling of Thomas Hardy’s tragic novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.”
In addition to staying very busy movie-wise, Pinto’s relationship with her “Slumdog Millionaire” costar Dev Patel is still going strong. She’s stated that it can be a challenge since both are working hard and spending so much time apart and that friends have told her she needs to learn the art of saying “No” to new projects.
But for now the breathtaking beauty has been gracious enough to bless her fans with plenty to look forward to, proving that she’s very versatile with a serious drama, sci-fi movie, and epic adventure hitting theaters this year.
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