Fittingly, in the same week “Ocean’s 8” will open, we get the first trailer for another female-fronted heist film: Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” But you’ll never confuse the two.
Directed by McQueen and co-written by him and Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), the thriller stars Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez as the titular widows who decide to finish a heist that had left their criminal husbands dead.
“Our husbands aren’t coming back. We’re on our own,” Veronica (Davis) says in the trailer. “They stole a lot of money and now people want it from us. Now, the best thing we have going for us is being who we are.”
Why? “Because no one thinks we have the balls to pull this off,” she says.
The ensemble cast includes Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Brian Tyree Henry, Garret Dillahunt and Andre Holland. And because Hollywood bylaws dictate he must be in every gritty action film, Liam Neeson plays Davis’ husband.
This is McQueen’s first feature-length film since 2013’s “12 Years a Slave,” for which he took home the Best Picture Oscar.
“Widows” opens Nov. 16.