It's always a delight to see Freida Pinto on the red carpet of any award function. However, her fans may be in for a surprise this time as Freida will not be walking the red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival, but instead will join the cast of The Jungle Book prequel directed by Andy Serkis.

The film is already under production and is being shot in South Africa. The live action fantasy thriller is jam packed with Hollywood stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and many other accomplished actors.

Freida will play one of the characters in the film, which will stand out because of its visual effects.

Rudyard Kipling's cult classic, the contemporary version of The Jungle Book will have Sherlock fame Benedict Cumberbatch as the villainous tiger Sher Khan. Christian Bale will play the character of Bagheera while Cate Blanchet will play the character of Kaa. Andy Serkis himself will reprise the character of Baloo.

Freida will join Rohan Chand who plays Mowgli, the boy raised with animals in the forest. The prequel is written by Callie Kloves and is slated for release in October 2017. The film is said to be a visual treat for the lovers of special effects as the makers are trying a few latest technologies to elevate the look of the film.

After finishing the film Desert Dancer, Freida had been looking for an interesting project. Being very clear and focused with her film choices, the idea of taking a plunge in a relatively different kind of role was on her mind. Having worked with Andy earlier, Frieda was keen on being part of his directorial venture.

As the L'Oreal Paris Brand Ambassador, Freida has been a regular to add a dash of glamour at Cannes International Film Festival.

The Indian origin actress came into the limelight with Danny Boyle's multi-Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire. She was also applauded for the role in Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, in which she played a Rajasthani belle. In her last outing, she was seen as a dancer in Desert Dancer, which was based on the life of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.

Pinto's spokesperson suggested that the actress was looking at trying out something new and Jungle Book: Origins was just perfect for her.