WIDOWS: A Sisterhood Of Thieves Takes Shape In The First Official Trailer For The Revenge Heist Thriller
That’s the wind-up and the pitch thus far along with the first official trailer for the film which rounds out with Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Jon Bernthal, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry with Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo also starring. Check it out below!
African Amazonian Epic, THE WOMAN KING, Lands At TriStar With Davis And Nyong’o Starring
Academy Award-winning actresses Viola Davis and Black Panther headliner Lupita Nyong’o are at the center of TriStar Pictures’s most recent endeavors as of the start of the month. For this, we turn to African Amazonian story, The Woman King, the company’s most recent worldwide rights acquisition based on true events with an original story by Maria Bello.
Inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, The Woman King tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), General of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
The film is still seeking a director with Bello producing via Jack Blue Productions next to Cathy Schulman of Welle Entertainment, and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions. Hannah Minghella and Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.
“The Woman King is the powerful true story of an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship,” said Hannah Minghella, President of TriStar Pictures. “And there’s no-one more extraordinary than Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o to bring them to life.”
“The Woman King the potential to be a game changer for women of color everywhere,” said Julius Tennon. “Viola and our team at JuVee are beyond excited to partner with Sony/TriStar to bring these fierce women to the big screen.”
Cathy Schulman added “Black Panther just showed us how the power of imagination and lore could reveal a world without gender and racial stereotypes. The Woman King will tell one of history’s greatest forgotten stories from the real world in which we live, where an army of African warrior women staved off slavery, colonialism and inter-tribal warfare to unify a nation.”
Viola Davis is represented by CAA, the Lasher Group, and Litcher, Grossman, Nichols, and Adler & Feldman. Lupita Nyong’o is represented by Del Shaw and CAA. Maria Bello is represented by UTA and John Carrabino Management.
Steve McQueen Crime Thriller, WIDOWS, Starts Filming
Twentieth Century Fox has officially begun production on 12 Years A Slave helmer, Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen’s new movie, Widows. Gone Girl scribe, co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn’s script sets the tone for a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption from See-Saw Films in association with New Regency.
Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Joining our leading quartet are Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry. See-Saw Films’ Oscar®-winning team of Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech) are set to produce with Bergen Swanson (Shame) serving as executive producer.
“Emile and I couldn’t be more excited about ‘Widows,’” says producer Iain Canning. “It is a film that continues See-Saw Films’ relationship with Steve McQueen who has brought together a dream cast to tell a compelling story about what lengths people will go to in order to change the circumstances of their lives.” Producer Emile Sherman adds: “New Regency has been such a supportive and committed home for the project and we are excited to be working with Fox on this timely production.”
“Combining visionary directing, writing, an extraordinary cast, and a riveting story that unites thrilling action with nuanced character studies, ‘Widows’ is a project that truly speaks for itself,” said Yariv Milchan, Chairman of New Regency. “Steve McQueen is a groundbreaking filmmaker and we’re proud to support his vision for this film, and so delighted to be working with him again following our successful partnership on ‘12 Years a Slave.’”
The creative team on Widows includes director of photography Sean Bobbit (12 Years a Slave), Academy Award®-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel), costume designer Jenny Eagan (Beasts of No Nation) and Oscar®-nominated editor Christopher Tellefsen (Moneyball).
Twentieth Century Fox will release the film worldwide on November 16, 2018.
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