Posted on November 27, 2018

Widows – directed by Academy Award-winning Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) is a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption.

Widows is set in contemporary Chicago amidst a time of political and societal turmoil. When four armed robbers are killed in an explosive heist attempt, their widows – with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities – take fate into their own hands to forge a future on their own terms. Playing at the London Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, Widows has been tipped as a potential Awards contender. With a score of 96% ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ the film has received glowing reviews from fans and critics alike. The film features an all-star cast with Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo and Daniel Kaluuya among others (listed below).

Based on the popular U.K. television series of the same name, created by Lynda La Plante, Widows is directed, co-written and produced by filmmaker Steve McQueen, whose 12 Years a Slave won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture. “I remember seeing Lynda La Plante’s TV show Widows at 13 years old,” recalls McQueen. “That these women achieved something no one thought they had the capability of doing left a big impression on me, especially at a time in my life when I was being judged in the same way. Many years later, when I first came to Hollywood, I was struck by how many talented actresses weren’t working. I decided then that after I made a movie about slavery that I wanted to make a female-driven film.”

Screen-writer Gillian Flynn spoke about how the story offers a twist on the typical heist film in that each character that intersects comes from different ethnic, financial and social background; “My favorite part about heist films are when the team comes together. I love that,” she notes. “That’s one thing I wanted to keep about that heist feel, was that these women were coming together, not because one was a jewel thief, and one was a safe cracker, that type of thing, but because they just happen to all be connected by their husbands.”

The movie releases throughout Qatar on the 6th December and the official trailer can be viewed  here

DIRECTED BY

Steve McQueen

SCREENPLAY BY

Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen

BASED ON “WIDOWS” BY 

Lynda La Plante

PRODUCED BY

  • Iain Canning, p.g.a.
  • Emile Sherman, p.g.a.
  • Steve McQueen, p.g.a.
  • Arnon Milchan, p.g.a.

CAST

  • Liam Neeson
  • Colin Farrell
  • Viola Davis
  • Michelle Rodriguez
  • Elizabeth Debicki
  • Cynthia Erivo
  • Brian Tyree Henry
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Garrett Dillahunt
  • Carrie Coon
  • Jacki Weaver
  • Jon Bernthal
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
  • Robert Duvall.

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