Viola Davis To Topline Steve McQueen Heist Thriller “Widows”


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Director Steve McQueen has tapped Academy Award-nominated actress for his adaptation of the heist thriller WIDOWS.

The New Regency film, which will be based on the Lynda La Plante 2002 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, will be co-written by the 12 Years a Slave helmer as well as Gone Girl screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn. The two previously worked together on the HBO limited series Codes of Conduct, which has been shelved to focus on Widows.

The story follows four armed robbers who get killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the . McQueen will produce alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Film 4 and New Regency will co-finance.

Davis currently stars in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, for which she won an Emmy Award. She recently starred in the comic book blockbuster Suicide Squad and stars in the forthcoming buzzworthy adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences opposite Denzel Washington.

She is repped by and .


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This news was first reported by Variety.


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