The first images from Steve McQueen’s upcoming crime drama, “Widows,” are out.
Set in present-day Chicago, the story bands together four women after the deaths of their husbands, who work to free themselves of the criminal debts the men left behind.
The film stars Academy Award winners Viola Davis and Robert Duvall, along with nominees Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jacki Weaver. Michelle Rodriguez, Carrie Coon, Elizabeth Debicki, Jon Bernthal, and Colin Farrell also star.
Academy Award winner Steve McQueen directs and co-wrote the script with “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. McQueen won his Academy Award for the 2013 Best Picture “12 Years a Slave.”
“I remember seeing Lynda La Plante’s TV show ‘Widows’ at 13 years old. The idea that these women achieved something no one thought they had the capability of doing left a big impression on me, especially at a time in my life when I was being judged in the same way.
“Many years later, when I first came to Hollywood, I was struck by how many talented actresses weren’t working. I decided then that after I made a movie about slavery that I wanted to make a female-driven film.”
McQueen and Flynn adapted the script from La Plante’s 1983 TV miniseries.
In addition to “Gone Girl,” author Gillian Flynn also wrote “Dark Places,” and “Sharp Objects.” The former was a 2014 film with Charlize Theron, and the latter will be out this year with Amy Adams. “Gone Girl” earned Flynn a Golden Globe nomination for Adapted Screenplay.
“Widows” hits theaters on November 16. Rumor has it the first trailer is coming next week. Twentieth Century Fox is distributing the film in the US.