Another day, another project for actor Colin Farrell. The busy star, who has recently also been tied to the upcoming “Dumbo” remake, is in talks to join newly minted Oscar winner Viola Davis in Steve McQueen‘s “Widows.”
Davis was the first big name to join the cast, which now includes Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya and “Moonlight” actor Andre Holland.
The film is based off of a British miniseries from the ’80s. The plot follows the widows of four armed robbers who were killed in a heist gone wrong. Their wives take up the mantle after their deaths. “Gone Girl” author-turned-screenwriter Gillian Flynn is penning the screenplay with McQueen.
Variety reports that Farrell is currently in negotiations for a part in the film. Per the report, Farrell would play “a politician that finds himself mixed up in the widows’ plans.”
McQueen is known for his Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave.” Before that film, McQueen was known mostly for “Shame” and his slew of short films. “Widows” will be McQueen’s first feature since “12 Years a Slave.”
Davis recently won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Fences” from Denzel Washington. Before that, she had two Academy Award nominations as well. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Doubt,” and for “The Help” for Best Actress.
Although he’s had myriad awards-worthy roles, Farrell has never been nominated for an Oscar. He has one Golden Globe, however, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for “In Bruges.”
No word yet on a production schedule for “Widows.” Stay tuned for more updates.