Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Viola Davis set to star in Steve McQueen's Widows

We were somewhat surprised to see Steve McQueen (12 Years A Salve) targeting a remake of 1980s Thames TV miniseries Widows as his next potential movie. But we still have faith in his choices, and particularly now news arrives Variety that he has Viola Davis (The Help) as his lead.

McQueen has partnered with New Regency for the film, which he will write and produce, adapting Lynda La Plante's 1983 show. The original series – two more followed in 1985 and then 2002 – was the story of three women who all lose their criminal husbands when the men die in the middle of robbing a security van that catches fire.

They succeed in tracking down the cash for themselves. Until, that is, one of them discovers that her husband didn't actually die in the incident...

Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) is writing the script, having previously collaborated with the director on a series for HBO that has since been shelved. Davis certainly feels like the right choice to lead this one, particularly after showing her calculating side in TV series How To Get Away With Murder and Suicide Squad on the big screen. She will next be seen in Denzel Washington's (The Great Debaters) August Wilson adaptation Fences, which recently released its first trailer.

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