'Slumdog' star could play film's gameshow for real

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 26, 2009 at 2:11 PM EDT

The star of Oscar-winning hit film "Slumdog Millionaire" is in talks to appear on the TV gameshow in which the rags-to-riches movie is based on, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Dev Patel, the 18-year-old British actor who plays Jamal, an orphan from the Mumbai slums, in the film could appear on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" in Britain with the movie's director Danny Boyle.

"We know that they're interested, we're in talks but nothing is confirmed," Melissa Goss, a spokeswoman for Two Way Traffic, the firm which owns the show's format rights, told AFP, confirming a report in the Sun newspaper.

"We think it's a great idea and it's something we have been thinking about."

If all sides reach agreement, a special charity edition of the show could go out on Britain's privately funded ITV channel later this year, she added.

Railway Children, a charity which works with street children whose plight is highlighted in the film, said it was in contact with Boyle's sister about the director and Patel doing a charity edition of the show to benefit its work.

"We're in talks with 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' and we're in conversation with the Boyle family," chief executive Terina Keen told AFP.

"Danny Boyle's schedule is somewhat busy but they're supportive of us as a charity."

"Slumdog Millionaire" won eight Oscars on Sunday.




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