Oscar nominee and Emmy winning actress Viola Davis has joined the period drama , The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree as the lead alongside Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) and Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
The film is based off of Ann Weisgarber’s 2011 novel, and takes place in the early 1900s South Dakota badlands where Rachel Dupree finds herself playing a game of cat-and-mouse with her ambitious husband Isaac on their isolated, drought-stricken ranch. Taunted by secrets and lies that scatter her marriage to a man she loves with such passion but somehow barely knows, Rachel must take matters into her own hands if her family is to survive, and fight for values that are worth more than land and ambition.
“At its heart, it fully explores how you can choose a dream but you can’t choose the sacrifice. Rachel’s gut wrenching journey and ultimate heroic decision was, for me, an actress’ dream. As a woman, it is my chance to play a realistic heroine… one that is admirable, familiar, inspiring and rare. Rachel serves as the perfect voice to tell this part of American History seldom told.” – Viola Davis
Davis will produce the screenplay written by Claire McCarthy alongside her husband Julius Tennon through their Juvee Productions, and Brian Rosen and Su Armstrong (Good Will Hunting) through SixtyFourSixty. McCarthy will also direct
The How To Get Away With Murder actress recently signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the agreement, Davis and her partner Julius Tennon will be developing new projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services through their production company, JuVee Productions, for ABC Studios and its cable/digital division ABC Signature. She is also set star alongside Denzel Washington in the film adaptation of the Broadway place Fences, and was most recently seen in the fantasy/crime thriller Suicide Squad.