Freida Pinto, Woody Allen and muse have been used in too many headlines

Posted by · 6:40 pm · February 24th, 2009

Freida PintoBut I guess that’s the truth of the matter.  The gorgeous “Slumdog Millionaire” star has been pegged to star alongside an increasingly talented ensemble in Woody Allen’s next flick.  Variety reports:

Freida Pinto will follow up her performance in the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” with a role in Woody Allen’s latest project.

This year’s Cinderella at the Oscar ball will join the long list of Allen’s muses as she takes on the ingenue role in the helmer’s still-untitled pic.

Naomi Watts has also signed on to star in the film, joining the already-announced Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins.

Mediapro, the Spain-based company behind “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” is financing the as-yet-titled pic, which will be produced by Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum and Jaume Roures.

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  • 1 2-24-2009 at 6:54 pm

    andrew said...

    Wasn’t amazed by her performance in Slumdog, but she was definitely adequate enough considering she didn’t have much to do other than look pretty! The cast sounds amazing, hope the film doesn’t dissapoint!

  • 2 2-24-2009 at 6:56 pm

    Mikey Filmmaker said...

    I’m curious to see how she’ll do after Slumdog. See if she’ll actually stick around.

  • 3 2-24-2009 at 6:59 pm

    Chad said...

    Considering she gave a non-performance in Slumdog and Woody ain’t going to be directing her, this will be interesting to see if she’s got the goods.

  • 4 2-24-2009 at 7:09 pm

    Casey Fiore said...

    wow. that picture of her just made my night. maybe week

  • 5 2-24-2009 at 7:15 pm

    Billyboy said...

    Hopkins, Brolin and Watts are all immensely talented. They should all be great with Allen’s writing and his famous hands-off directing style.

    But Pinto? Sure, she’s hot, but can she act? Let’s hope she does or else she will look awful acting alongside those three above. I mean, her acting partners in this are not Dev Patel and a bad sandwich.

  • 6 2-24-2009 at 7:16 pm

    James D. said...

    Muse is a bit silly at this point. Johansson is still his muse until proven otherwise.

  • 7 2-24-2009 at 7:18 pm

    Mike said...

    I really don’t understand what’s the fuss about her.

  • 8 2-24-2009 at 7:21 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    shell be eye candy for an otherwise very gifted cast and assumably great script from woody

  • 9 2-24-2009 at 7:42 pm

    Uma said...

    Her job in Slumdog was to look pretty, and she knocked that out of the park. I’ll be interested to see what the movie is about, and who’s the lead (there are conflicting reports about it being Watts or Pinto)

    I’m EXTREMELY happy however that both she and Dev Patel have more projects lined up. Even if they suck, it’s fantastic to have Indians in mainstream Hollywood projects.

  • 10 2-24-2009 at 8:21 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    I thought Dev Patel was English.

  • 11 2-24-2009 at 8:24 pm

    Uma said...

    Well ok, he’s British-Indian, lol. I think you obviously know what I mean. Someone of Indian descent (and hey, since his parents were actually born in Africa, he’s like a triple minority!).

    Kal Penn is getting old and Parminder Nagra never really took off.

  • 12 2-24-2009 at 8:42 pm

    Bill said...

    Aziz Ansari takes American comedy by storm this summer.

  • 13 2-24-2009 at 8:48 pm

    Patryk said...

    Glad Penelope thanked Woody for all the great female characters he has created.

  • 14 2-24-2009 at 9:12 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Pinto did everything she was asked to do for Slumdog, which was not very much, but here’s hoping Allen could bring a really great performance from her.

    I’m interested to see what size role she might get.

  • 15 2-25-2009 at 5:16 am

    Bernardo said...

    What a great cast. Will be the first time that Naomi and Hopkins work with Woody, so we can only hope for the better.
    Because with all the comedy and comedians that America and the World have, Woody Allen is still the master and itВґs great to see his producing soo much. Even dramas like the wonderful Match Point.

    Go, Woody! And this time is for the Oscar.

  • 16 2-25-2009 at 5:29 am

    Loyal Mehnert said...

    we were talking about this yesterday. In Slumdog she

    Helped make a sandwich
    Look sort of scared with a fake knife pressed against her cheek
    And answer a cell phone.

    Literally. That’s it.

    Allen is fascinating. I wonder how the call to Pinto went.

  • 17 2-25-2009 at 5:48 am

    Bernardo said...

    She did nothing in the movie, that is right, but Woody is very good working with actors. And is even better when they work with him for the 1st time, such Scarlett in Match Point(her best work so far) and Penelope( the fourth of Woody’s women to win).
    So, we can only hope the best, for Freida and Naomi.

  • 18 2-25-2009 at 6:01 am

    Nathaniel R said...

    “Muse” is inappropriate at this time. For all we know she has a walk on. Woody has done that to many actresses who were more famous than Freida Pinto. You hear there name in the cast list. you get excited. Then they have one scene!

    Daryl Hannah, Elisabeth Shue, etcetera…

    who knows.

  • 19 2-25-2009 at 7:36 am

    Patrick said...

    Two words: Hylda Queally.

    That is all.

  • 20 2-25-2009 at 11:03 am

    ShrevePortCasinos said...

    I agree, to say “muse” at this time is not proper, mustly because she haven’t worked for him yet.

  • 21 2-25-2009 at 11:33 am

    BurmaShave said...

    This is a refreshing surprise. I was sure her next gig would be as a Bond Girl or something.

  • 22 2-25-2009 at 12:47 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Isn’t the answer to all of this obvious? Woody is the biggest horndog in the world.

  • 23 2-25-2009 at 3:37 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Such a big horn dog that he wasn’t on set for the Cruz-Scarlett make-out. :P

  • 24 2-25-2009 at 7:34 pm

    Ben said...

    This Woody “muse” stuff gets old. Remember when Scarlett was his muse? Granted he cranked out 2 very good films with her. But still….it’s quite obvious Woody likes the company of beautiful, younger ladies, that’s all.

  • 25 2-26-2009 at 1:50 pm

    Chris said...

    God damn she looks sexy in that photo.

  • 26 2-27-2009 at 7:49 pm

    alex said...

    I don’t get the fuss about her.

    But what I find upsetting is that so many males find her sexy. She’s very pretty, but sexy ? I guess if you’re into 14-year old girls… oh wait, that’s why most straight guys are looking for, girls not women. Sorry my bad

  • 27 2-28-2009 at 9:39 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I don’t recall too many 14 year-old girls from my high school days who looked like Freida Pinto. But then maybe that’s because she’s 24.

    Anyway, she’s gorgeous whichever way you slice it. I’m no Oscar fashion-watcher, but she owned the red carpet on Sunday. Best by a mile.