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The Mindy Project: Freida Pinto to guest-star in season premiere

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The Mindy Project has tapped Freida Pinto to guest-star for its Hulu debut, EW has learned exclusively.

Before you get confused and/or angry by the headline, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) aren’t really dating new people when the show returns. Rather, The Mindy Project‘s season premiere is inspired by the 1998 film Sliding Doors, exploring what Mindy’s life would be like if she wasn’t with Danny, but married to another man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will play a version of herself that Danny is dating in the alternate reality.

Season 4 of The Mindy Project will debut on Hulu later this year.

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