added: Mon, Jan 9th '17
"Slumdog Millionaire" actress Freida Pinto becomes a gun-toting radical in the first trailer for Showtime's new 1970s-set limited series "Guerrilla," which also stars Idris Elba (The Wire, Beasts of No Nation) and Babou Ceesay (from the upcoming action thriller "Free Fire").
Greenlit for six episodes, "Guerrilla" comes from the mind of John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "12 Years a Slave," who also created ABC's acclaimed anthology series "American Crime." Elba is also serving as executive producer.
Set against the political and social upheaval of the early 1970s, Pinto and Ceesay play a London couple/activists who, after being racially targeted by British authorities, decide to form an underground militant group. It's an extreme offshoot of the black liberation movement led by Elba's character, who, unlike the radicalized couple, is not necessarily open to the idea of using violence to further the cause.
Ridley also directs the first two episodes and the finale, with British TV helmer Sam Miller (Luther, Luke Cage) helming the remaining episodes.
Among the supporting cast are Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Brandon Scott (Grey's Anatomy), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), Nathaniel Martello-White (Moonwalkers), Daniel Mays (Atonement), Denise Gough (Jimmy's Hall), and Nicholas Pinnock (Monsters: Dark Continent).
"Guerrilla" will premiere on Sunday, April 16th on Showtime.
From Academy Award-winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, American Crime) comes the six-part limited event series GUERRILLA, a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within the Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism. While the series is set against a background of social and political activism, at its heart GUERRILLA is about a relationship under pressure, and the reality that for any couple there comes a point when the choices they make have real and lasting consequences.
directed by John Ridley, Sam Miller
starring Freida Pinto, Idris Elba, Babou Ceesay, Rory Kinnear, Brandon Scott, Zawe Ashton, Nathaniel Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough, Nicholas Pinnock
release date April 16, 2017 (on Showtime)