Indian actress Freida Pinto has signed on to star in director John Ridley’s time-travel drama, “Needle in a Timestack.” Pinto will star alongside Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, and Orlando Bloom.
Bron Studios has come on board to produce the movie, which was set up last year at Miramax. Zanne Devine, David Thwaites, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, and Matt Kennedy are producers, but Miramax is no longer involved. Ridley, Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media, Christopher J. Conover, and Hope Farley will exec produce.
Ridley will direct and is adapting from a short story by Robert Silverberg. The movie follows a couple struggling to hold their marriage together in a world where time travel is possible, and the past and present are ever fluctuating.
Odom Jr. is best known for his performance in the Broadway smash “Hamilton” and was recently seen in Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” Pinto will next be seen in Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book” adaptation, “Mowgli,” as well as in Tabrez Noorani’s “Love Sonia” and Takashi Doscher’s indie drama “Only.”
Pinto has also been paired with Tony-winning “Hamilton” star Odom, Jr. in Takashi Doscher’s thriller, “Only,” which is currently in post-production. (Read earlier India-West story here.)
The “Slumdog Millionaire” actress, who previously collaborated with Ridley on his Showtime miniseries, “Guerilla,” is also awaiting the release of Andy Serkis’ upcoming Jungle Book adaptation, “Mowgli,” starring Indian American actor Rohan Chand. She also has another movie due out in 2018, “Love Sonia,” a film about sex trafficking alongside Demi Moore.