Academy award winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger) isn’t exactly known for telling upbeat stories, but maybe that’s about to change. His next film will be a female-led adaptation of the British television series, Widows. That’s an interesting development, as McQueen was thought to be headed toward a project about singer, musician and civil rights activist, Paul Robeson, which sounds closer to the director’s repertoire; I rather like the idea of him breaking away for something completely different.
THR says Widows’ (which ran from 1983 to 1995) female-empowerment theme left a “lasting impression” on a teenaged McQueen. The series kicked off with a group of three armed robbers killed during a robbery, leaving behind three widows who decide to take over where their husbands left off. Using one of the dead men’s meticulously kept ledgers detailing the robbery plan, the wives add a fourth member, and create their own badass team of thieves to carry on with the heist.
I’ve not seen the original series, but the idea of a group of kickass women a) leading the film, and b) instead of being devastated by their loss, forming their own heist team sounds damned cool — and in comparison with McQueen’s other films, downright positive. I mean, yeah, it starts off with a big downer, but once you get past the dead husbands thing…
I can’t wait to see who is cast. Of course, we have suggestions — right? Mine are: Naomie Harris, Zoe Saldana, Noomi Rapace and Emily Blunt. Oh, and of course, the Fassbender.