September 27, 2016 at 11:50 am #1201928238
An adaptation of a BBC miniseries.September 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm #1201928281
I was hoping Steve McQueen would direct her in the Harriet Tubman Mini-series. But, i’ll take this lead role in a motion picture!September 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm #1201928291
An adaptation of a BBC miniseries.
Sounds interesting!September 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm #1201928383
Look at Viola! OMG! What exciting day for her!!September 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm #1201928385
This news actually helps her get over that hump and mount a win for Fences.September 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm #1201928388
I’m here for that strategy! LOLSeptember 28, 2016 at 9:38 am #1201928642
Steve McQueen directing? Hm… I think we may be prepared for her best performance.November 11, 2016 at 4:36 am #1201949111
A new cast member joins!
‘The Color Purple’ Actress Cynthia Erivo Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’
Cynthia Erivo MARION CURTIS/STARPIX/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
NOVEMBER 10, 2016 | 04:25PM PT
Cynthia Erivo, who won a Tony Award for her performance in “The Color Purple” on Broadway, has joined Viola Davis in New Regency’s heist thriller “Widows,” directed by Steve McQueen.
“Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn is on board to pen the script with McQueen.
Based on the 1983 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.
The film will be produced by McQueen, and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who teamed with McQueen on “Shame” and also produced the best picture Oscar-winner “The King’s Speech.” Film4 is co-financing with New Regency.
The movie marks McQueen’s first feature since winning the best picture Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave” in 2014. McQueen has since been working on the HBO limited series “Codes of Conduct.” HBO recently shelved “Codes of Conduct,” allowing McQueen to focus his energy on “Widows.”
Following her award-winning performance in “The Color Purple,” Erivo’s profile has risen, and sources say McQueen had always had an eye on her for the film. This would mark her largest film role to do, though she did appear in a recurring role on PBS’ “Mr. Selfridge.”
She is repped by UTA, Authentic, and Claire Hoath Management, and Peikoff/Mahan in the UK.
FILED UNDER: Cynthia EnrivoSteve McqueenWidowsNovember 11, 2016 at 5:55 am #1201949128
I love the writer Gillian. She was snubbed for Gone Girl. Viola is not playing.November 11, 2016 at 7:41 am #1201949170
I am thrilled for Cynthia Erivo. That woman is a hurricane of talent.November 11, 2016 at 8:18 am #1201949185
I love this! She looks absolutely beautiful!!