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Viola Davis to star in Steve McQueen thriller Widows

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Viola Davis will be using her knowledge on how to get away with murder to get away with a heist in Steve McQueen’s upcoming film Widows, EW has confirmed.

McQueen will direct the thriller from a script co-written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn. The story is based on the 1980s British TV series and 2002 miniseries of the same name, which followed four armed robbers that die in a heist attempt. Davis will star as a widow who is forced to join three other women to complete the failed heist job in the wake of their spouses’ deaths.

This marks McQueen’s return to feature films after winning the Best Picture Oscar in 2014 for12 Years a Slave. Flynn is currently penning the TV series adaptation of her novel Sharp Objects, which will star Amy Adams. UnREAL creator Marti Noxon is heading the project.

Davis is currently starring on the Emmy-winning series How to Get Away With Murder and will next appear opposite Denzel Washington in Paramount’s Fences, which released its first trailer Tuesday. The actress starred in the August Wilson play in 2010, earning her a Tony win for Best Lead Actress in a Play.

 

Variety first reported the news.