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Viola Davis unites with Steve McQueen for heist thriller

The Help

Story by Jack Foley

VIOLA Davis is to unite with 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen for a new heist thriller named Widows.

Based on the 1983 British mini-series of the same name, from Prime Suspect’s Lynda La Plante, the film adaptation is being written by Gillian Flynn, of Gone Girl fame, and McQueen himself.

The story will focus on four armed robbers who get killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job using their husbands’ notebooks as guidance.

Davis looks set to play one of the widows, although Variety hasn’t confirmed her role.

Davis most recently starred in the summer hit Suicide Squad. She can also be seen in the current third season of ABC’s hit show How To Get Away With Murder and will shortly be seen on the big screen in director-star Denzel Washington’s Oscar-tipped drama Fences, out this winter.

Widows marks McQueen’s first film since winning the best picture Oscar for 12 Years A Slave in 2014.

According to various reports, he is also intending to shoot a film about the black American actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson.

The biopic is described as a dream project for the British director, who has previously stated in interview: “His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger, but I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice.”

McQueen is also said to have completed the pilot for Codes of Conduct, a HBO series about a black man rising through high society in New York. However, that project is now said to have been put on the back-burner to allow McQueen to pursue more film projects.

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