Freida Pinto rumoured to be next Bond girl

Plus Sam Mendes tipped to direct

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is set to become the next Bond girl

, according to reports.

The Mumbai-born actress, 24, stands to make £3m for the role in Daniel Craig‘s third outing as the British spy 007, reports The Mirror.

The film is widely rumoured to be directed by American Beauty helmer Sam Mendes, who recently split with actress wife Kate Winslet.

House actress Olivia Wilde is also in negotiations for the film, which is written by Peter Morgan, the man behind The Queen and Frost/Nixon.

Production is due to begin this summer, with filming taking place in Pinewood Studios and on location in Afghanistan. It has been previously rumoured that this will be the first Bond film to be shot for a 3D presentation.

Pinto, who is dating her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel, is also set to star in Woody Allen‘s forthcoming production You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.