Viola Davis is in talks to star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Help, an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel, set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s.
The story explores how the unspoken code of behavior governing Southern households is shattered when an aspiring writer interviews a maid, who speaks candidly about her experiences. The interview sets off shock waves that reverberate across the entire community.
Davis would play the role of Aibileen, the maid. Emma Stone is in talks for the the part of the writer.
Tate Taylor, a childhood friend of Stockett’s, will direct from his adapted script.