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Viola Davis Jumps Onboard Two Major Film projects

Viola Davis Jumps Onboard Two Major Film projects

Viola Davis' dance card is getting filled up pretty quickly with future projects; Variety has reported that she's joined the cast of two major film projects to be shot this year.

The first is the sci-fi thriller Ender's Game based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, to be produced by OddLot, K/O Paper Products and Digital Domain. She'll co-star along with Harrison Ford, , Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Abigail Breslin, with South African diector Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine) directing and scripting the adaptation.

According to the synopsis the film is "set in Earth's utopian future and follows a genius strategist recruited by the government to help destroy an insect-like alien race. Davis will play a military psychologist who oversees the emotional welfare of the young trainees in the program and who also helps design the games that test their skills and resilence."

After she finishes work on that film, she's set to star later this year as the female lead in a film titled Beautiful Creatures,  which will be written and directed by Richard LaGravenese.

In that film, centered on two teens who must confront a curse that has haunted the girl's family for generations, Davis will play a librarian and a friend of one of the teenage boys' deceased mother, and who will do whatever is in her power to protect him.

And all that is on top of the HBO project she's currently developing with Pariah filmmaker Dees Rees.

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Comments

Tamara

I like the "Ender's Game" role. I've never read Orson Scott Card but am familiar with him and his works as a sci-fi author. Onward and upward. Happy for her.

Nicole

I tell ya, people just can't be happy for the woman. At least she didn't sign up for The Help 2.

And it's unfair to compare her to Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone. Not only are they white, they're younger. Viola probably wouldn't be up for any of the roles they would get anyway.

Someone

I feel bad for her.. When Jessica Chastain has 7 new projects lined up, including having the audacity to play Princess Di, I feel like it's wrong to say Viola is doing "ok".. She has been in the industry too long to not be able to be cast as a voice in Madagascar 3…what does it take for Hollywood to get as excited as a black actress as they do these proverbial white girls???

KeepingITReal

Oh Yeah!!! Congrats!

SayNay

I really hope that this will translate into more roles and not just the usual you're hot for maybe a year after you win something and then disappear.

Mecca

Congrats to Viola!

I'm not too excited about the "Beautiful Creatures" project. She plays a BBF.

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