“Slumdog Millionaire” and “Immortals” actress Freida Pinto has scored the female lead role in Showtime and Sky Atlantic’s six-part mini-series “Guerrilla” which is being produced by Green Door Pictures, Fifty Fathoms, ABC Signature and Stearns Castle.
Idris Elba and “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley serve as executive producers on the story about a politically active couple whose relationship is tested when they liberate a charismatic 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. Pinto will play the wife of the couple, the husband has yet to be cast. Elba has a supporting role in the production, though details of it have yet to be revealed.
Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and direct the first two, while Sam Miller (“Luther”) will helm the remaining four. Patrick Spence, Katie Swinden, Tracy Underwood and Michael McDonald will also executive produce. Shooting begins late this Summer in London with no premiere date yet set.