Freida Pinto is in Israel preparing for a new film by Julian Schnabel called "Miral". French cinematographer Eric Gautier ("The Motorcycle Diaries," "Hearts") will be behind the camera. The screenplay was adapted by Schnabel ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") from a book by Palestinian-Italian writer Rula Jebreal, who collaborated on the script. It focuses on the interwoven lives of a few Israeli and Palestinian women, from the early years of the state through the early 1990s. It is scheduled to be released in 2010.
In "Miral", Pinto will be sharing the screen with female lead Hiam Abbass ("Lemon Tree"), a Palestinian actress who lives in France. The film’s Israeli producer, Eran Riklis, said yesterday that casting for the film has not been completed. Freida arrived early in order to get into character. The film starts shooting in April.