Freida Pinto’s New Period Drama “Mr. Malcolm’s List” Is Enticing
The first-look photos have premiered for Freida Pinto’s newest film “Mr. Malcolm’s List” which will release exclusively in North American theaters on July 1st. The acclaimed actress stars in the film and also is an Executive Producer as well.
As the story goes, when she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù). Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman…or the perfect hoax. Also starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park, with Theo James.
Set in early 1800s England, a young lady (Gemma Chan) engages in courtship with a mysterious wealthy suitor, Mr. Malcolm (Sope Dirisu), unaware of his unattainable list of demands for his future wife. Written by Suzanne Allain, based on her script and novel of the same name, and directed by Emma Holly Jones, the romantic comedy stars Sope Dirisu, Gemma Chan, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Freida Pinto.
“I could always see myself in the shoes of all those amazing female characters,” Freida Pinto mused in her interview with Vanity Fair, describing her love of Regency-era novels written by authors like Jane Austen. “They were defying odds in their time.” The “Slumdog Millionaire” star studied English literature in college, poring over classic works and envisioning herself one-day portraying such characters in adaptations on the big screen.
“Mr. Malcolm’s List“ is being directed by first-time feature filmmaker Emma Holly Jones and costarring Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù as the titular hero. In the film, Dìrísù plays the dashing Mr. Malcolm, a wealthy and elegant suitor looking for a bride who meets all the qualifications he has on his list. Pinto plays Selina Dalton, a woman who helps her friend Julia Thistlewaite (the charming Zawe Ashton) get revenge on Mr. Malcolm after he rejects her for falling short of his lofty criteria.