Slumdog Millionaire actor Freida Pinto will be joining Idris Elba drama Guerrilla, set to air on Sky Atlantic and SHOWTIME next year Geektown has learnt.
Guerrilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. 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. Whilst the series is set against a background of social and political activism, 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.
Pinto will play the role of Jas Mitra, a passionate and politically driven individual. As a member of a newly-formed radical underground cell, Jas helps liberate a charismatic convict from prison in an effort to lead the street fight against social injustice in 1971 London.
Academy Award® winner John Ridley (American Crime) will write, direct and executive produce the series. Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation) will co-star and serve as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and will direct the first two and the finale, with Sam Miller taking on the other episodes.