Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) has been set as the female lead in Guerrilla, Sky Atlantic and Showtime’s six episode co-production about a couple’s path from political activism to radical militancy, TVWise has learned.
Guerrilla is described as a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in UK history. It tells the story of Jas and Marcus, whose relationship and values are tested when they form a radical underground cell. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. Idris Elba (Luther) co-stars
Pinto will play Jas Mitra, a passionate and politically driven individual. As a member of a newly-formed radical underground cell, “Jas” helps liberate a charismatic convict from prison in an effort to lead the street fight against social injustice in 1971 London. This marks the first major television role for the actress, who is best known for her work in such feature films as Slumdog Millionaire and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
Originally commissioned by Sky and Showtime back in April, Guerrilla hails from John Ridley, who is penning the first two scripts and will also serve as an executive producer. Fifty Fathoms and ABC Studios’ boutique division ABC Signature are producing, with Ridey, Idris Elba, Patrick Spence, Katie Swinden, Tracy Underwood and Michael McDonald executive producing. Production gets underway in London this Summer for a 2017 premiere.