Colin Farrell is in talks to star alongside Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s thriller Widows.
Marking his first movie as a director since his Academy Award-winning 2013 film 12 Years a Slave, McQueen’s Widows is an adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s British TV miniseries that first aired in 1983.
The story follows a group of armed thieves who are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to complete the job.
While details about Farrell’s role remain under wraps at this stage, Variety reports that the Irish actor will portray a politician who becomes caught up in the widows’ scheme.
Should Farrell confirm his role in the movie, he will join previously announced cast members including Davis, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo and Michelle Rodriguez, as well as rising stars such as Get Out actor Daniel Kaluuya and Moonlight’s Andre Holland.
McQueen is scripting the film alongside Gillian Flynn, who is famed for authoring novels Gone Girl and Dark Places.
The movie will be produced by McQueen and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who teamed with him on 2011’s Shame.
Though it was recently reported that Farrell has signed on to appear in Disney’s upcoming Dumbo reboot, production on the live-action movie has been pushed back slightly, allowing him time in his schedule to make Widows.
The 40-year-old was last seen on screen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and is starring in Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled, which is due to hit theaters in June (17).
McQueen’s version of Widows isn’t the first adaptation of the series. The show was remade, with significant plot changes, for the American market in 2002, and starred Rosie Perez, Brooke Shields and Mercedes Ruehl.