Cannes: Naomie Harris Set for Viola Davis' 'Personal History of Rachel DuPree'

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Viola Davis is producing the film, set in the American West and based on the book by Ann Weisgarber.

James Bond star Naomie Harris is set to star in The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, based on the novel by Ann Weisgarber about the experience of black frontier women in the American West.

Viola Davis is exec producing the film, having earlier bought the rights to the book, which tells the story of a heavily pregnant woman on an isolated, drought-stricken ranch. Uncertain if she can trust her husband to put his starving family before his own ambitions, she is forced to take matters into her own hands if they are to survive.

Claire McCarthy, who was recently tapped to direct Daisy Ridley in Shakespeare adaptation Ophelia, is set to helm the film. Su Armstrong and Brian Rosen are producing for their SixtyFourSixty banner, with Davis and Julius Tennon exec producing. 

London-based GFM will be introducing The Personal History of Rachel DuPree to buyers in Cannes.

May 11. 3, 11:00 a.m. Updated to remove Idris Elba, who had previously been reported as being attached.