Even as the Slumdog Millionaire team recovers from its Oscar headrush, its stars are moving right along. Dev Patel has already signed a movie with Manoj Night Shyamalan, replacing actor Jesse McCartney for the villain’s role in The Last Airbender.
And now Freida Pinto, the film’s leading lady who has so far been wowing the world on the red carpet and across television interviews lining up to the Slumdog’s Oscar glory, has gone one better and signed up a film with director Woody Allen.
The 24-year-old Mumbai girl, who dumped her fiancé has landed with a spectacular breakthrough. Allen was thanked profusely by Penelope Cruz in her Best Supporting actress acceptance speech, for not just for giving her an award-winning role in his most recent, Vicky Christina Barcelona, but for ‘having written over all these years some of the greatest characters for women.’
Allen, a three-time Oscar winner (and a 17-time nominee) has frequently seen actresses go on to Oscar glory, most recently Cruz. Before her, Mira Sorvino won for Mighty Aphrodite, Dianne Wiest won for Hannah And Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway, and, of course, Diane Keaton won for Allen’s crown jewel, the magnificent 1977 picture, Annie Hall.