Woody Allen signs up ‘Slumdog’ star Freida Pinto

 

His movie-making has cemented the careers of a host of actresses who have gone on to claim Oscar success after starring in his whimsical comedies. Now, Woody Allen has adopted the Indian actress and star of Slumdog Millionaire, as his latest ingenue.

Allen, who famously uses the same female muses over and over again, has cast Freida Pinto, 24, alongside established Hollywood alumni including Naomi Watts, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Josh Brolin, who recently starred in the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men. He starts filming for the unnamed comedy in London this summer.

Fresh from her red-carpet triumph at the Oscars ceremony, where she wowed the crowds and international media, Pinto appeared on the American morning news programme Today to speak about the role. "Yes, it's up in July. So thank you, Danny Boyle, for helping me take off," she said.

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