8:00am PT by Jillian Forstadt
'Widows' Trailer: Viola Davis Leads Star-Studded Crime Thriller
Oscar winner Viola Davis drives the star-studded cast of Widows, a new thriller from writer-director Steve McQueen.
Davis plays Veronica, a widow who undertakes a mission left by her dead husband, played by Liam Neeson. Veronica and three other widows — Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo — attempt to resolve the repercussions of their late spouses' criminal activities and render their own fates.
"Now the best thing we have going for us is being who we are," Davis says in the trailer, released Wednesday. "Because no one thinks we have the balls to pull this off."
Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry and Robert Duvall also star in the film, set in present-day Chicago.
The 12 Years a Slave filmmaker and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn penned the script, adapted from a 1980s British television series of the same name.
Regency Enterprises, 20th Century Fox, Film4 and See-Saw Films financed the film, which sports an original score by Hans Zimmer.
McQueen also produced the film, alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, the duo behind The King's Speech and Lion.
The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festive next month before opening the London Film Festival on Oct. 10.
Widows is due in theaters Nov. 16.