Despite all the critical acclaim, accolades, and several vocal pushes by the likes of Meryl Streep, Viola Davis continues to be relegated to supporting roles in films that center on stories about Caucasian characters.
I'm glad that she formed her own production company and has seemingly taken a much more active role in her career, creating opportunities for herself (namely the 2 projects we know about that she optioned – a novel, The Personal History Of Rachel DuPree, and the Barbara Jordan story – although it's anyone's guess if/when either of these films will materialize, as we all know, money is often a hinderance; there's also the HBO project with Dee Rees).
I'm certainly glad that she's working consistently, but, as we've noted previously on this site, she deserves far more than what she's getting; to be front and center, leading and commanding. She unquestionably has the talent and the screen presence.
Today's news comes from a Screen Daily exclusive which broke over the weekend, stating that the Oscar nominee has joined the cast of The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, which stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in a love story that explores a New York City couple's relationship during a difficult time in their marriage, from both perspectives – that of the husband (McAvoy), a restaurant owner, and of the wife (Chastain), who goes back to college.
It's supposed to be a double-project – two movies in one, telling his and hers stories.
Also in the film are William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Bill Hader, Ciarin Hinds, and others.
Ned Benson is directing; Cassandra Kulukundis is producing. Myriad Pictures is producing and financing, with production said to have already begun in New York.
No word on what role Viola will play in this.