Cynthia Erivo of The Color Purple Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s Widows by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo of The Color Purple Joins Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s Widows.
Cynthia Erivo, Sardi’s, New York, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Academy Award winning director and filmmaker Steve McQueen of 12 Years a Slave forthcoming film Widows will star Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo. It is based on the 1983 British miniseries of the same name, from Prime Suspect’s Lynda La Plante, the adaptation will boast a screenplay from Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, who is co-writing the film with McQueen. Cynthia Erivo, who won a Tony Award for her performance in The Color Purple on Broadway, has joined Viola Davis in the New Regency’s heist thriller. 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. —Source Variety
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