*Cynthia Erivo, a Tony winner for her performance in Broadway’s “The Color Purple,” has joined Viola Davis in New Regency’s heist thriller “Widows,” directed by Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”).
“Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn is on board to pen the script with McQueen, according to Variety.
Based on the 1983 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.
The movie marks McQueen’s first feature since winning the best picture Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave” in 2014. He’s since been working on the HBO limited series “Codes of Conduct.”
HBO recently put “Codes of Conduct” on hold allowing McQueen to focus his energy on “Widows.”
“Widows” will be produced by McQueen, and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who teamed with McQueen on “Shame” and also produced the best picture Oscar-winner “The King’s Speech.” Film4 is co-financing with New Regency.