Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis (Eat Pray Love, the best seven minutes of Doubt) is in talks to slide into the Dr. Scholl shoes of Aibileen, the weary and tough Mississippi maid at the heart of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help. According to Variety, Davis would star in DreamWorks Studios’ adaptation of the story about the long-ignored community of African American maids in pre-Civil Rights era Jackson, Miss. and the young white writer who pushes the women to tell their story. Emma Stone, so interesting and funny in the House Bunny, is in talks to play earnest local journalist Miss Skeeter. Tate Taylor (Pretty Ugly People), a childhood friend of Stockett’s and graduate of Ole Miss, adapted the screenplay and is set to take the helm.
With Davis and Stone possibly taking their places, on to the rest of the cast. I vote Jill Scott for the winningly cantankerous role of Aibileen’s best friend Minny. Maybe Judy Greer as the skinny and vile Miss Leefolt? Taraji P. Henson in flashbacks of Skeeter’s beloved childhood maid Constantine? Kristin Chenoweth for uncouth Celia Foote? Who is yummy and Southern enough to play Skeeter’s suitor Stuart?
Hit me, Help fans. What do you think of Viola Davis as Aibileen? (In case you need convincing, see below clip.) Who else do you want to see on screen in a story that no American book club has left unread?