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Freida Pinto joins Idris Elba in John Ridley's Guerrilla miniseries

Showtime’s ‘Guerrilla’ begins production in London later this summer

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Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto has joined Idris Elba in Showtime’s Guerrilla, a six-part limited series about black activism in the U.K. in the 1970s.

Pinto is playing the lead role of Jas Mitra, a “passionate and politically driven individual” who, according to a press release, is part of a radical underground cell that helps “liberate a charismatic convict from prison” to lead the street fight against social injustice in 1971 London. The cell’s goal is to take down the Black Power Desk, a real life counter-intelligence unit tasked with suppressing black activism. Although it’s set during one of the most politically turbulent times in the U.K. history, the series focuses on how Jas’ political activism tests her romantic relationship with Marcus, her partner in the movement.

Guerrilla will be executive produced by American Crime creator John Ridley, who is also set to write most of the episodes and direct the first two and the finale. This project will reunite Elba with Emmy Award winning Luther director Sam Miller, who will direct the other episodes. Elba, whose casting was announced in April, will also serve as an executive producer. 

“I’m thrilled to be working with an artist like John Ridley who has written these compelling scripts filled with thoughtful and complicated characters,” said Pinto in a statement.

Guerrilla, which will also air on Sky Atlantic in the U.K., will begin production in London later this summer.