For his new film, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen partnered with “Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist, Gillian Flynn. Their collaboration springs “Widows”, a film adaptation of the same-name Lynda La Plante novel, which casts Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo as a quartet of widows haunted by the violent past of their deceased spouses.
You can watch the recently dropped first trailer here:
The novel has already spawned a Birtish TV-film adaptation in the 80’s, which drew some accolades. The synopsis goes:
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
As such stories go, we see the four mask up to finish what their husbands couldn’t. “Because no one thinks we have the balls to pull this off,” notes Davis’ character.
As someone who’s down for whatever project Davis takes on, I’m certain I will see this film. The trailer, however, doesn’t give us a lot (yet) to latch on. Except, maybe, the talent that’s behind and in front of the camera. Beyond Davis and co., the film also casts Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, and Colin Farrell.
“Widows” is slated for Philippine release December 5th.