Viola Davis, while on break from “How to get Away with Murder,” continues to stack up movie projects to keep her busy, including this one, from theater director James Lapine, who is primarily a theater director.
Titled “Custody,” the film is set in family court in New York, and will see Davis co-star as Judge Martha Sherman, who presides over a custody case of a young woman (played by Catalina Sandino Moreno) who is on the verge of losing her children.
“It’s kind of out of the realm of things I usually do, but it just happened,” said director Lapine in an interview Crave Online earlier this year. “A friend is a judge. I just went down there and hung out, and I just thought it was amazing. So I wrote a screenplay. Viola Davis is going to be in it.”
Casting has begun to fill other roles in what is expected to be a large cast – including Viola’s husband in the film.
Via her still relatively young Juvee production company (launched just a couple of years ago), Davis will also produce the project, along with Lauren Versel and Katie Mustard.
Ms Davis has certainly been keeping her plate full, taking her career into her own hands since launching Juvee, creating projects for herself, including the revenge thriller “Lila & Eve,” which she co-stars in with Jennifer Lopez.