Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty will play a character from Indian mythology in her next film, her publicist said on Wednesday.

Shetty will star in Hanuman, a film based on the ancient epic Ramayana, and will play the part of Sita, who is kidnapped by demon King Ravana triggering a gory battle, said Dale Bhagwagar, her publicist.

Shetty recently hit international headlines for enduring racist abuse on the celebrity version of the Big Brother television show in Britain.

The American actor Keanu Reeves may have been asked to appear in the film, which is being directed by Uru Patel, Bhagwagar said.