Viola Davis has officially joined the cast of New Regency’s Windows, the heist thriller being directed by 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen. The script was based on the British 1983 miniseries of the same name, was and co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).
Like the show, the film will center on four armed robbers who get killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job using their husbands’ notebooks as guidance. Davis will probably play one of the widows; however, her role has not yet been confirmed.
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).
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.