Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto is set as the female lead in John Ridley’s six-part limited series Guerrilla, for Showtime and Sky Atlantic, which has Idris Elba co-starring and executive producing.

Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and will direct the first two episodes and the finale of the project, a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of Jas (Pinto) and Marcus (not cast yet), whose relationship and values are tested when they form a radical underground cell. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. As a member of a newly-formed radical underground cell, Pinto’s passionate and politically driven Jas helps liberate a charismatic convict from prison in an effort to lead the street fight against social injustice in 1971 London.

Sam Miller (Luther) is directing the remaining episodes of Guerrilla, which Ridley and Elba executive produce will Patrick Spence and Katie Swinden for Fifty Fathoms, Tracy Underwood for ABC Signature and Michael McDonald for Stearns Castle. The series is set to begin production in London late this summer as a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature.

A former model, Pinto was discovered by director Danny Boyle who cast her as the female lead Latika in his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire in her feature acting debut. Her additional feature credits include Jungle Book, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Immortals, and the upcoming indie Love Sonia, now shooting in India. She is repped by CAA, The Gotham Group and Principal Entertainment.