See the official trailer for Viola’s new film Custody premiering on Lifetime on March 4, 2017.
Three unlikely women are brought together in NYC Family Court when one of them, a single mother, unexpectedly ends up losing custody of her children.
Viola Davis and Julia Roberts are starring in a movie version of Jodi Picoult’s novel “Small Great Things” for Amblin Partners.
The attachment of Davis comes a day after she won a SAG Award for best supporting actress for “Fences.”
“La La Land” producer Marc Platt is on board through his Marc Platt Prods., along with Adam Siegel.
“Small Great Things” centers on a labor/delivery nurse who takes care of newborns at a Connecticut hospital who’s ordered not touch the baby of a white supremacist couple. When the baby dies in her care, she’s then taken to court by the couple.
Roberts has been nominated for four Academy Awards and won Best Actress in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich.” Davis scored her third Oscar nomination for “Fences” in reprising her Tony-award portrayal for the film.
Picoult wrote “My Sister’s Keeper,” which was adapted into a movie directed by Nick Cassavettes in 2009. Platt and Amblin teamed on Tom Hanks’ 2015 thriller “Bridge of Spies.”
Platt’s producing credits include “Legally Blonde,” “Rachel Getting Married” and “2 Guns.” He’s received back-to-back Best Picture Oscar nominations for “Bridge of Spies” and “La La Land.”
CAA represents both Davis and Roberts. The Lasher Group also reps Davis. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
Viola’s co-star and friend Denzel Washington speaks about Viola during his interview on the Graham Norton Show.
Here is Viola’s clip from her time in the Press Room at the BAFTAs.
Watch Viola’s beautiful acceptance speech from the BAFTA’s last night:
Congratulations to Viola who won Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs last night! She looked gorgeous in a custom blue gown by Jenny Packham.
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A new article from the Los Angeles Times where Viola & Denzel share their three favorite scenes from their new film Fences.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis played married couple Troy and Rose Maxson 114 times in the 2010 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences.” That number came up often in a recent conversation with the pair while Davis was on her lunch break from shooting her TV series, “How to Get Away With Murder.”
For Davis, that figure signifies the amount of time she needed to connect with her character, a devoted housewife living in the shadow of her husband, and then revisit Rose’s disappointments in the film version of “Fences,” which Washington directed. “Most narratives don’t have a 33-page scene — or a four-page monologue,” she says. “It’s a hard role.”
Washington brandishes the number as a way of explaining the studio’s confidence in his vision for the movie adaptation. He did not test screen “Fences.” “One hundred and fourteen performances? We’re good,” Washington says.
The two recently won SAG Awards honors for their work in the film. Over the course of a salad and mushrooms appetizer (Davis) and club sandwich (Washington), they talked about the three scenes that traced the arc of the shifting dynamics of the Maxsons’ life together, moving from contentment to betrayal to walled-off resignation.
Scene 1: It’s Friday afternoon and Troy and his friend Bono arrive at Troy’s home in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Rose greets them and, briefly, but distinctly, we gain an understanding of their 18 years together.
Davis: You’ve got to sit with them. And I’m telling you, the biggest issue I have — and the biggest challenge took me 114 performances to get over — is that I didn’t want to play Rose as someone who felt swallowed up by her life. I wanted to present a woman who loved her husband and really give a portrait of a marriage that’s working. It’s flawed, like all marriages are. But it’s working.
Washington: He says, “See this woman, Bono? I love this woman. I love this woman so much it hurts. I love her so much … I done run out of ways of loving her.”
He’s not saying that thinking about softening the blow for what’s coming later. You’ve got to believe these two people love each other. If you don’t believe that, who cares? You’d be like, “Oh yeah, I could see that coming.” Without the joy, there’s no pain.
Davis: I do believe what happens in marriages is you see the cracks. You look over at your partner sometimes and you think, “Why can’t you be different? What did I get myself into?” And the next moment you say, “But I love him. I’m going to give myself to him anyway.” That’s Rose. Maybe there’s a little semblance of frustration — the gray in her hair. Her hips are wider now. She always has the apron on. But she’s happy.
Oftentimes, when I see marriages on screen, it’s, “We want to cast someone who you’re attracted to and have a sexual tension with.” And that’s part of marriage, but it’s more than that. When you see two people together, there’s more that connects them other than sex and feeling like they’re going to be skipping down the street at the end of the day. And that different kind of connection that binds us took us 114 performances to get because it’s deeper.
Washington: I told all the actors, “Let’s start at the beginning, not where we left off. Don’t assume we know the end. Let’s look for the love as much as we can. Let’s infuse as much love so when things turn it means something.” Not in a false way. They really do love each other. But you know, life happens and he made a serious mistake.
I shot a scene in a bar as part of that six-month, passage-of-time sequence, a little one of me with Alberta [the woman Troy impregnates]. And women didn’t like it — for obvious reasons. But somebody said to me — which made me cut it — that they didn’t know it was Alberta. They thought it was another woman. And Troy had told Bono, “I wasn’t out there looking for nothing.” That has to be true. Otherwise, he’s not just a womanizer but a liar as well.Continue Reading