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WIDOWS: Viola Davis Signs On As Lead

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Viola Davis To Play Lead Role In Widows

Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis will portray one of the four lead characters in Steve McQueen‘s upcoming project, Widows.

Adapted from the British TV miniseries of the same name, McQueen’s fourth film will tell the story of four men who are killed during a heist. With the fate of the operation still in the air, the widows of the four men move in to complete it and keep the money for themselves:

Widows tells the story of a heist that winds up killing all four men who organized it. With a lot of money still left on the table, the widows of the original team step in to finish the heist on their own.

Davis, who starred earlier this year in Warner Bros. Pictures‘ DC Comics ensemble Suicide Squad, also headlines ABC‘s How to Get Away With Murder. You can also catch her reprising her Tony Award-winning role in Denzel Washington’s big screen adaptation of Fences when it hits the big screen December 25.

Although the trade notes that she ultimately had to pass on Widows due to scheduling conflicts, Jennifer Lawrence was also reported approached for a role, presumably as one of the other three widows. You can expect some interesting names will be announced for those parts soon, so check back for updates as soon as they become available.

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