Race relations is especially a key topic nowadays, so this news on right on time! Recent 5-time SAG Awards winner, Viola Davis and Oscar winner Julia Roberts will be starring together in a film-adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel, Small Great Things.

The film of the same name will follow Ruth, a labor/delivery nurse who takes care of babies at a Connecticut hospital and is told not to touch the baby of a white supremacist couple. When the couple’s baby dies and Ruth is the only one present, she is blamed by the couple and taken to court.

A screenwriter hasn’t yet been hired, but the plan is to put the project through the Dreamworks Pictures label with Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions also producing. This will be another notch on Picoult’s belt as she’s had several books adapted onto the big and small screen, including My Sister’s Keeper, Sing You Home, and Change of Heart.

Viola Davis is on a roll, coming from recent Golden Globe and SAG Awards wins for her supporting role in Fences, the role in which she is also Oscar-nominated for as a frontrunner. Davis has two Oscar nominations under her belt for The Help and Doubt.

This role will surely be another Viola Davis scene-stealer, so we’re definitely looking forward to it!

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