A first peek at “Widows” — the new heist film “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn wrote with Oscar-winner Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) — intrigued CinemaCon spectators. Also directed and produced by McQueen, the script follows a quartet of grieving, debt-strapped wives (Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, and Michelle Rodriguez), intent on pulling off the robbery that killed their thieving husbands (led by Liam Neeson as Davis’ other half). Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, and Lukas Haas co-star, with Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Brian Tyree Henry playing debt collectors so persistent they crash the dead mens’ funerals.
The Obama-era trailer opened with a person dressed in black (including a plastic mask), tapping a gun barrel on a cop’s door. Loving moments between each couple followed, spliced with high-speed car chases and shots of money wads being stuffed into duffle bags. Soon each widow is wracked with despair; Davis’s character is seen letting out a wail and placing a rose on her husband’s casket. By the end of the clip, she’s the one behind the mask, holding the gun, breathing loudly.
Reshoots wrapped in Chicago earlier this month. McQueen’s fellow producers include Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of 2011’s Best Picture Oscar winner “The King’s Speech.”
20th Century Fox will release “Widows” on November 16.