Fresh off winning a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for Fences, Viola Davis has signed on to co-star alongside Julia Roberts in SMALL GREAT THINGS, an adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel that is coming together at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Davis will play Ruth, a widowed labor/delivery nurse with 20 years of experience caring for newborns. While working at a Connecticut hospital, Ruth is told not to touch the baby of a couple who are white supremacists, so when the baby subsequently dies while Ruth is the only one present, she is taken to court by the couple.
Davis and Roberts previously played best friends in Eat Pray Love, though it’s unclear which character Roberts will play in this film.
The film will reportedly debut under the DreamWorks label, and the producers are currently seeking a screenwriter to adapt the book.
By the time Small Great Things goes before cameras, Davis will likely have joined Roberts among the ranks of Oscar winners, as she’s currently the frontrunner to win the supporting actress status for her fiery turn in Fences. Roberts previously won an Oscar for Erin Brockovich.
Picoult is the author of My Sister’s Keeper, which Nick Cassavetes turned into a 2009 movie starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin. Meanwhile, Platt previously produced Amblin’s Best Picture nominee Bridge of Spies, which won an Oscar for Mark Rylance’s supporting performance.
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