ABC Studios has signed a talent holding deal with a Bollywood superstar. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the studio signed an agreement with Priyanka Chopra.
“Under the one-year pact, ABC will either develop a starring vehicle for Chopra or cast the actress (with 8 million Twitter followers and another 15.4 million fans on Facebook) in an existing project set for fall 2015,” the story reports.
It’s the first U.S. development deal for Chopra, who has starred in more than 45 movies and was Miss World 2000. Keli Lee, the executive vice president of casting who also runs ABC’s diversity casting program, traveled to Mumbai to sign the actress and singer. Lee also has helped sign Kerry Washington of “Scandal” and Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family.”
“To a storyteller, each platform of performance offers its own artistic challenges, and if you have a good story to tell, regardless of the platform, audiences will follow,” Chopra said. “I’ve been a longtime fan of ABC shows, and an admirer of how the network has changed the landscape of TV through the diversity of their lead characters.”