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Viola Davis and Julia Roberts to star in Small Great Things racial drama

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Story by Jack Foley

VIOLA Davis and Julia Roberts are set to star in a new drama based on Jodi Picoult’s racial drama Small Great Things.

Loosely based on a true story, the film will see Davis playing a nurse who is told not to touch the new-born baby of a white supremacist couple.

When the baby dies, however, she is taken to court and accused of murder.

It is thought that Roberts will play the role of the public defender who takes on the nurse’s case.

Picoult has previously seen her book My Sister’s Keeper brought to the screen starring Cameron Diaz – although that was critically derided.

Small Great Things is being produced by Marc Platt, whose most recent film La La Land is currently favourite to win the Oscar for best picture.

Davis is, herself, a strong contender to win an Oscar of her own this year, for her performance in Denzel Washington’s Fences.

Roberts was last seen alongside George Clooney in Money Monster. This year she will provide her voice to Smurfs: The Lost Village and star with Room‘s breakout Jacob Tremblay in Wonder.

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