Steve McQueen Casts Viola Davis In Heist Film 'Widows'

We haven't seen much from 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen since then, and part of the reason is his planned HBO series Codes of Conduct was passed over by the network. But that's opened up time for him to return to features and his long-developing adaptation of Brit crime series, Widows. And what better way to get things started than by casting an Oscar winner like Viola Davis?

Davis, who was last seen in Suicide Squad and is a likely Oscar contender for Fences, has joined McQueen's film, which has a screenplay by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Widows is based on the 1980 British series about the three wives of dead armed robbers killed during a dangerous heist. The ladies decide to take up the plans for themselves and pull off the job, bringing in one more member of their crew.

Davis is the only casting so far, but one has to wonder if McQueen will reach out to Michael Fassbender who has starred in each of his films. [THR]