Robert Duvall is set to join Colin Farrell, Viola Davis and Liam Neeson in the heist film Widows
Robert Duvall (The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now) is in negotiations to join Liam Neeson (Silence), Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, In Bruges) and Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) in the upcoming film Widows, according to Variety. Duvall will play Farrell’s father, “who may help the widows complete the gig.”
Widows was a British crime miniseries that began in 1983 from actress/writer Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect). After winning three Academy Awards for 12 Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen is prepping a big screen version of Widows. McQueen is also co-writing the film with Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn. Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious) and Cynthia Erivo (Mr. Selfridge) are also set to star in the film. In the series, three robbers are killed during a crime and their widows, Dolly Rawlins (Ann Mitchell), Shirley Miller (Fiona Hendley) and Linda Perelli (Maureen O’Farrell), enlist the help of Bella O’Reilly (Eva Mottley) to pull of the raids that their husbands completely failed at.
In 2002, the first series was remade for the American market, but the plot was significantly changed. Instead of a traditional armed robbery, this version united the three widows and the fourth woman in a plan to steal a famous painting. The series starred Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King) as Dolly Rawlins, Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) as Shirley Heller, Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump) as Linda Perelli, and N’Bushe Wright (Blade) as Bella O’Reilly.
Robert Duvall recently appeared in the film In Dubious Battle as well as The Judge with Robert Downey Jr. Production for Widows is set to start this summer. There is no release date for the film.
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