Carrie Coon, currently generating Emmy heat for her superlative work on Fargo and The Leftovers, is headed to the big screen.
The actress has joined the cast of Widows, the New Regency thriller being directed by Steve McQueen. Coon will shoot her part after she wraps work on The Papers, Steven Spielberg’s journalism drama for DreamWorks centering on the Pentagon Papers.
Widows, currently in production, features an ensemble that includes Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez as well as Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell and Daniel Kaluuya.
The story, based on the 1980s British TV series of the same name, starts out with a group of armed robbers being killed during a heist attempt. Their widows then decide to finish the job their spouses started.
Coon will play a widow who declines to join the others in their plan.
Papers, also currently shooting, stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Katharine Graham in a story of how the media took on the U.S. government to reveal suppressed documents during the Vietnam War.
Coon is playing a no-nonsense editor named Meg Greenfield in a cast that also Alison Brie, Michael Stuhlbarg and Sarah Paulson, among others.
Coon has had a relatively brief acting career but is catching the eye of some impressive directors, especially on the feature side. She made her feature debut as Ben Affleck’s sister in Gone Girl, which was directed by David Fincher, and has appeared in a handful of indies, including the upcoming Shawn Levy-produced sci-fi thriller Kin. Papers and Widows now add Spielberg and McQueen to her directors list.