Los Angeles: Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas is set to star as ‘Ma Anand Sheela’ in Amazon Studios’ movie Sheela.
Ma Anand Sheela, who was made famous by Netflix’s docuseries Wild Wild Country, was the personal secretary of Osho from 1981-1985 and she managed the Rajneeshpuram ashram in Wasco County, Oregon. She was a spiritual adviser and the primary perpetrator of the 1984 Rajneesh bio-terror attack in Oregon.
Post the attack she fled to Europe as a fugitive accused of arson, wiretapping, attempted murder, and mass poisonings. She would plead guilty to attempted murder and assault for her role and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and paroled after 39 months.
Rain Man director Barry Levinson will helm Sheela, which was written by Nick Yarborough, reported ‘Deadline’.
Priyanka will produce the movie through her ‘Purple Pebble Pictures’, along with Levinson’s ‘Baltimore Pictures’
The actor is also set to play a lead in The Matrix reboot and stars in the Netflix films We Can Be Heroes as well as Ramin Bahrani-directed The White Tiger.