Mumbai: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra will star as a superhero princess with mystical powers in a new series of comic book novels, according to a Virgin Comics official.
Suresh Seetharaman, president, Virgin Comics, India, said the company was also working with the former Miss World to develop an animated game based on the books to be launched next year.
Virgin is still working on a title for the series and a name for Chopra’s character which hails from a line of princesses with magic powers to battle evil.
A year-old venture involving British billionaire Richard Branson, self-improvement guru Deepak Chopra and Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, the initial images in the proposed series will show the curvaceous Chopra clad in a fitted gold and black suit with billowing black hair while another will show her wearing silver armour over a wispy white blouse.
Seetharaman said Virgin was sure Chopra, the superhero, would be a hit with her many fans.
“Collaborating with Priyanka to create a character around her brand , one that is bold, beautiful and smart has already been one of the most exciting projects our team has worked on,” he said.
Virgin sees India, with its one billion plus population, as an important market for its novels, covering genres from horror and fantasy to super hero adventures.
“I love cartoons and animation,” said Chopra in a statement, “so being able to create my own original superhero ... is a dream come true.”
Chopra made her Bollywood debut five years ago and has starred in several hit movies. One of the rare Indian actresses to take on action roles, she played a mob member in her most recent movie “Don,” and in a new thriller “Drona” she plays a bodyguard skilled in an ancient Sikh martial art, wielding a sword and a ’kirpan,’ or dagger.