Steve McQueen’s Widows has been tapped as the opening night gala of the BFI London Film Festival which begins October 10 in London.  The film stars Academy Award winning actress Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo, and revolves around a group of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities.  Based in Chicago, the plot is inspired by a popular 1980’s British television series.

Crime, passion and corruption frame the story. After their husbands die, Veronica (Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Erivo) are forced to take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. The best thing they have going for themselves, as Davis’ Veronica notes, is “no one thinks we have the balls to pull this off.”

Widows also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.

McQueen says, “I am absolutely delighted that Widows will be opening this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the 80s had a major impact on me and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”

Widows was made in association with Film4, and will be released in UK theaters on November 9, one week ahead of its domestic date.

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival runs October 10-21 with the full lineup to be revealed on August 30.

Check out the trailer below!

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