Sunday, 19 February 2017

Michelle Rodriguez joins Steve McQueen's Widows

While she is usually found behind the wheel or fighting in the Fast & Furious franchise these days, Michelle Rodriguez still has other roles to consider. News arrives via Deadline that she will play one of the leads in Steve McQueen's (12 Years A Slave) film version of Widows.

McQueen has been working with Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) to adapt Lynda La Plante's 1983 crime miniseries. The original series – two more followed in 1985 and then 2002 – starred Ann Mitchell, Maureen O'Farrell and Fiona Hendley in 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.

Together with Eva Mottley's Bella O'Reilly, they succeed in tracking down the cash for themselves, but that is far from the end of the story...

Viola Davis (The Help) and Cynthia Erivo (Mr Selfridge) are already aboard the film, and McQueen plans to direct it this year. As for Rodriguez, she will be back on our screens as Letty in Fast 8 which arrives in cinemas 12 April.

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