Viola Davis, Oscar-nominated for her role in The Help, has signed on for two more novel-to-screen adaptations. Variety reports that she’ll play a supporting role in the sci-fi adventure Ender’s Game and the lead in the supernatural thriller Beautiful Creatures.
To be directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is set in Earth’s Utopian future and tells the story of a young boy, Ender, a genius strategist, who is drafted by the International Fleet to destroy the alien Formic race.
In that film, Davis will play a military psychologist, joining Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley and many more. Production is gearing up now in New Orleans, aiming for a March 15, 2013 release.
Beautiful Creatures, meanwhile, is in development at Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment and is based on the first of a five-novel series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Richard LaGravenese will write and direct the film.
In the first book, high-school student Ethan Wate meets and becomes bewitched by Lena Duchannes, a 16-year-old whose family has moved to the small South Carolina town where he lives. The two must confront a curse that has haunted her family for generations as she comes to grips with her powers.
Davis will play a librarian and friend of Ethan’s mother.
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