After what feels like a full year without a peep out of Freida Pinto, the Slumdog Millionaire actress is back on the radar. First came the news of her joining Rise of the Apes, followed by an appearance in Woody Allen's trailer for You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. But forget those secondary, girlfriend-type parts, because Pinto is about to take on something with more teeth — and it's a Julian Schnabel film, no less.
In this trailer for the director's Miral, Pinto plays the title role, a young Palestinian woman who becomes entangled in the Israeli-Palestine conflict. It has all of the elements of a gripping, epic story: the love interest who's an activist, the wary father, and a headstrong heroine. Oh, and Tom Waits. It comes to US theaters Dec. 10, but give it a look when you read more.