'Slumdog' star boards Schnabel pic

Freida Pinto has joined the cast of Julian Schnabel’s “Miral.”

Pic is an adaptation of Italo-Palestinian Rula Jebreal’s book about Hind Husseini, who founded an orphanage in Jerusalem in the wake of the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel. Schnabel wrote the screenplay.

Palestinian thesp Hiam Abbas will play Husseini (Daily Variety, Feb. 1).

Pic will lense in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Principal photography begins April 19.

Jon Kilik will produce with Pathe financing. The Gallic mini-major has also brought Israeli helmer and producer Eran Riklis aboard in a production services capacity.

Pinto recently boarded Woody Allen’s London-set project.

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