Slumdog star bags role with Hopkins

2012-03-14 18:30

New Delhi - An Indian girl who was plucked from poverty to act in the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire is to star in a new film with Hollywood legend Anthony Hopkins, her manager said on Wednesday.

Rubina Ali, now 13, will feature in Lord Owen's Lady, a love story about a young Welsh nobleman and an Indian woman, with filming due to start in September this year in Britain and India.

"Rubina had signed the project one and a half years back. The producers have now informed us that she will shoot for about three weeks in Shimla (northern India), Wales and London," Dubey told AFP from Mumbai.

Share of problems

Rubina, who was picked from the Mumbai slums to play the role of young Latika in the 2008 hit Slumdog Millionaire by director Danny Boyle, will be paid "more than $31 000" for her second international project.

She was just eight when she appeared in the rags-to-riches blockbuster, which won eight Academy Awards in 2009. Her journey from a Mumbai slum to Hollywood red carpet made her famous around the world.

The teenager has since had her share of problems, following ugly family fights over her income and a fire in her congested Mumbai slum that destroyed her family's tin-roofed shack.

Rubina has since moved to a new flat in the upmarket Bandra area of the city.

As well as Hopkins, the Welsh-born star of Silence of the Lambs, her new film project is also reportedly set to feature former Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson.