Here, at long last, is a first look at one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2018: Widows. It’s been five years since Steve McQueen won the Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, and the British director (also responsible for Hunger and Shame) is finally back with a new feature film this year, one that he co-wrote with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Widows is based on a British TV series from 1983 in which four men are killed when a heist goes wrong and it’s up to their widows to finish the job.
Maybe even more than the behind-the-camera talent (which also includes composer Hans Zimmer), what’s exciting about this one is the absurdly great cast. The titular widows are played by Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and Cynthia Erivo (a feature film newcomer who is on serious EGOT watch: she’s already won a Tony and a Grammy).
A few of the other noteworthy names appearing in this film: Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Carrie Coon, Jon Bernthal, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. Honestly, the thing that jazzes me most about this trailer is all the shots of Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) playing a tag team of spooky intimidators. I’m loving the concept of those two being a new installment in the cinematic legacy of henchmen who steal the movie. The shot of Kaluuya plopping his chin down on the floor to make eye contact with a man he’s just de-wheelchaired is chilling and terrific.
Widows is set to open on November 16, 2018.