Freida Pinto Joins Idris Elba in Showtime-Sky Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’

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Freida Pinto, best known for “Slumdog Millionaire,” has joined Idris Elba in the cast of the Showtime-Sky miniseries “Guerrilla.” John Ridley, who won an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” will write, direct and executive produce.

The six-part drama centers on a couple, Jas and Marcus, whose “passion propels them into making the leap from political activism to radical militancy,” Sky said in a statement. Pinto, whose credits include Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” plays Jas; Marcus has yet to be cast. As well as co-starring, Elba serves as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures.

Ridley, whose credits include “American Crime,” will write the majority of the episodes, and will direct the first two and the finale, with Sam Miller taking on the other episodes.

In the miniseries, Jas and Marcus’ “relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London,” Sky said. “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.”

Sky added: “At its heart ‘Guerrilla’ is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences.”

Along with Ridley and Elba, the executive producers will be Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden for Fifty Fathoms, Tracy Underwood for ABC Signature, and Michael McDonald for Stearns Castle. The miniseries is set to begin production in London late this summer, and will be a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature.

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