Director Steve McQueen is running high. His last film, “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards. He was already a favorite of cinephiles for his work on “Shame” and “Hunger” in years prior. McQueen has shown that he can make many kinds of films and gets the most out of his performers. When the trailer for “Widows” released earlier this year, the film world took notice. We now know at least one destination for the film to make before its release in November.
According to the British Film Institute, “Widows” is set to be the opening night film for the London Film Festival on October 10th, 2018. McQueen and the festival have great relations, with his three big features films all playing at this festival as well. All things considered, this was not a surprising announcement. However, the key note to pick up on is that the festival will serve as the film’s international debut. This means that “Widows” is likely to debut at one of two festivals: Telluride or Toronto. Venice would be an option, but the international debut likely means it won’t be stopping by. Considering that “12 Years a Slave” made its debut at Telluride, Fox will likely handle this film the same way.
McQueen directs the film written by “Gone Girl” scribe Gillian Flynn. Based on a hit British TV show from the ’80’s, “Widows” tells the story of four women pulling a heist after their husbands are killed. The All-Star cast features Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debecki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Brian Tyree Henry, Colin Farrell and more. With McQueen on the helm of this story, written by Flynn, and this cast’s depth, it is no wonder it’s the predicted winner by many.