The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo is set to join fellow Tony winner Viola Davis in the Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) thriller Widows. The script is based on the British 1983 miniseries of the same name, was is co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).

Based on the 1983 British miniseries, the film will follow a group of women who unite to pull off the heist that left their husbands—a group of armed robbers—dead. The original incarnation starred Ann Mitchell, Fiona Hendley, Maureen O’Farrell and Eva Mottley.

Widows marks McQueen’s first film since winning the best picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave in 2014. The slavery drama won an additional two Oscars, for best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and best adapted screenplay (John Ridley).

This will be Erivo’s first role post her Tony-winning performance as Celie in The Color Purple. She will wrap up with the musical when the production closes on January 8, 2017.  Her on screen credits include the U.K. series The Tunnel and Mr. Selfridge, and her additional stage credits include I Can’t Sing!, the U.K. tour of Sister Act and the recent one-night-only concert performance of The Last Five Years.

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