Viola Davis attends the 6th Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Party hosted by Perrier Jouet, MAC Cosmetics and MaxMara at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 22, 2013 in West Hollywood
*CAA has announced the addition of Viola Davis to its roster.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress recently took meetings with all the major talent agencies before agreeing on CAA, which has been on a signing tear recently, adding in the past weeks Keira Knightley, Frost/Nixon writer/playwright Peter Morgan, Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Oscar-nominated for “The Help” and “Doubt,” Davis won Tony Awards for the revival of August Wilson’s Fences with Denzel Washington, and for King Hedley II. She had been repped by APA.
Davis will next be seen in the Denis Villenueve-directed “Prisoners” for Warner Brothers and the Gavin Hood-directed “Ender’s Game, “which Summit Entertainment releases in November.
She continues to be managed by Estelle Lasher at Principal Entertainment and her lawyer is Michael Adler of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
*Veteran actress Meryl Streep was chosen to present her “Doubt” co-star Viola Davis with the top prize at the 2012 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, which took place Tuesday night in Beverly Hills.
Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored exemplary women in the entertainment industry; women who lead by example, who are creative, groundbreaking, and who excel at their chosen fields.
In presenting Davis with the Crystal Award for Excellence In Film, Streep called her “a lion-hearted woman.”
“She was a newcomer at 45,” Streep joked.
Davis returned the love as she accepted the award.
“I have a confession,” she said, sharing how touched she was when Streep sent her a card after the film wrapped. Davis also kept a photo of the two of them together on set.
“OK Meryl, I framed the card,” Davis said. “So you can never come over to the house.”
Other honorees at the private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel were actresses Christina Applegate and Chloe Grace Moretz, NBCUniversal Cable chief Bonnie Hammer, cinematographer Anette Haellmigk and five female executives from Fox.
Actress Viola Davis, a supporting actress Oscar nominee for “Doubt,” has just booked her first-ever headlining role…playing a maid for a white woman in the 1960s.
Before the outrage begins, consider the Dreamworks film is an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help,” which explores the complicated relationships between the upper class matriarchs and their servants in the American South of the early 1960′s.
Emma Stone has been cast as Skeeter Phelan, a white recent college graduate uncomfortable with the current social norms of Mississippi at the time – a time when black maids did all the work and received no respect.
Davis would play the role of Aibileen, a maid whom aspiring writer Phelan candidly interviews. That interview sets off shock waves that reverberate across the entire community as it uncovers not just racism but cruelty and criminal action by white society women.
Tate Taylor directs from his adapted script. Taylor, Brunson Green, Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe are producing. Filming kicks off this summer in Mississippi.