Bollywood star Alia Bhatt will join Gal Gadot in the upcoming international spy thriller from Netflix, Heart of Stone. The Indian-born British actress has won several accolades since her debut in 2012, including four Filmware Awards. Her dramatic role in Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab won her both the Screen Award and IIFA Award For Best Actress.
Film Updates reported via Twitter that Bhatt will be making her Hollywood debut in Heart of Stone, which also stars Jamie Dornan alongside Gadot. Netflix won the competitive auction for the worldwide rights of Skydance’s spy thriller back in January 2021, and has Tom Harper (The Aeronauts) directing the project written by Greg Rucka (The Old Guard) and Allison Shroeder (Hidden Figures).
Being one of India’s biggest stars, Bhatt has worked on several prestigious productions. Her latest film credit in which she played the lead role, Gangubai Kathiawadi, secured the third-biggest box office opening two weeks ago, despite Covid-19 restrictions still being in place. Premiering at the 2019 Berlin International film Festival, her film Gully Boy was chosen to be India’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
Details of Heart of Stone’s plot remain under wraps, as does Bhatt’s role in the film, and with no official release date set, audiences will likely have to wait at least a year before the movie’s debut. Netflix and Skydance Media are optimistic that the film will be the beginning of a female-centric espionage franchise, and it will no doubt introduce new viewers to the distinguished talent of Alia Bhatt.