Actress Freida Pinto has been roped in for “Mr. Malcolm’s List” along with Constance Hu, Sam Heughan, Sope Dirisu and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. The romantic period drama will be directed by Emma Holly Jones. The script is written by Suzanne Allain, based on her novel of the same name, which is set to be published globally on July 28.
Pinto also starred in Jones’ short film adaptation of “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” along with Gemma Chan. The adaptation has garnered over a million views on Youtube.
Doris plays the titular role of Mr. Malcolm, London’s most eligible bachelor. When Julia (Constance Wu) is jilted by him after she fails to meet one of the items on his list of requirements for a bride, she enlists her friend Selina (Pinto) to help her take revenge.
The film will be produced by Laura Rister of Untitled Entertainment and Rebelle Media’s Laura Lewis, along with Blinder Films’ Katie Holly and Emma Holly Jones. Wu has also been attached as an executive producer, alongside Pinto and Refinery 29. Principal photography will begin in Ireland in Spring 2021.
Recently, Pinto worked on Disney Junior’s animated series “Mira, Royal Detective,” which is weaved around Indian culture and traditions. Set in the fictional land of Jalpur, “Mira, Royal Detective” follows the life of Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective by the queen. Pinto voices the character of Queen Shanti who appoints Mira to be the royal detective to her kingdom.
Last November, the actress announced her engagement to her photographer boyfriend Cory Tran after two years of dating. The couple shared the news on Instagram with professional shots of the two, and the Indian actress showing off the ring.
The Mumbai born and raised Pinto rose to prominence with her debut film — Danny Boyles’ drama “Slumdog Millionaire.” She won the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was nominated for various awards at the British Academy Film Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.
Post “Slumdog Millionaire,” Pinto has appeared in several American and British productions, often playing supporting roles. In 2008, she auditioned for the part of Bond Girl Camille in “Quantum of Solace,” but lost the role to Olga Kurylenko.
Pinto’s biggest commercial success came a few years later with the 2011 science fiction film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” The same year, she also received attention for portraying the title character in Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna” in 2013. The same year, she was seen in the music video for Bruno Mars’ single “Gorilla.” Although she was criticized for appearing in the music video, a year later, her performance in the biographical drama “Desert Dancer” received critical acclaim.
The following year, she was seen in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” an experimental film that featured an ensemble cast including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, and Antonio Banderas. Pinto played Helen, a model with whom Bale embarks on a “dalliance.” It premiered at the competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, and received mixed reviews from critics.
Pinto was among the 100 narrators of “Unity” a 2015 documentary that explores the relationships between Earth’s species. She also starred in the Colombian action film “Blunt Force Trauma,” opposite Ryan Kwanten and Mickey Rourke as a woman looking for her brother’s murderer.
Then came Andy Serkis’ “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle,” where she played the role of Mowgli’s adoptive mother Messua.
Last year, she was seen in “Slumdog Millionaire” producer Tabrez Noorani’s debut directorial venture, “Love Sonia,” about Indian girls being sex trafficked, also starring Bollywood actresses Mrunal Thakur and Richa Chaddha. She was also seen in “Only,” a post-apocalyptic romance film, directed by Takaschi Doscher and starring Leslie Odom Jr. It premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Pinto was part of the 2020 film “Love Wedding Repeat.” The romantic comedy is written and directed by Dean Craig, and is a remake of 2012 French romantic comedy film “Plan de Table.”