Settle in, Jon Bernthal fans, we’ve got a double-header of news for you. Bernthal, who will be starring as the Punisher in his upcoming Netflix spinoff series, has just wrapped a role for Steve McQueen’s heist thriller Widows. Not only that, he’s officially joined up with Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, alongside Ryan Gosling and Kyle Chandler.
Sone may say 2017 is the year of Nicole Kidman, Cannes darling, or some others may say it’s the year of Robert Pattinson. But it’s actually been secretly the year of Carrie Coon all along. Star of The Leftovers, the third season of Fargo, and currently filming a Spielberg movie, Coon is on the rise. And what better way to round out a great year than by adding a Steve McQueen movie to your slate?
To say that Steve McQueen’s heist thriller Widows should be on your radar would be an understatement. The film, adapted from a BBC miniseries of the same name, already boasts an incredibly talented cast list — and has just added veteran actor and Oscar winner Robert Duvall.
It’s been over three years since Steve McQueen released his last film, 12 Years a Slave, but the director of the Oscar-winning drama has a couple of projects on the horizon — including Widows, an upcoming heist thriller based on a screenplay by McQueen and acclaimed Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Viola Davis signed on to star in the film last fall, and today brings word that another awards season favorite has joined her in McQueen’s highly-anticipated new project.
Steve McQueen won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, 2013’s Best Picture, and then he pretty much vanished. He’s done a couple little things here and there, but no significant follow-up. That project finally seems to be materializing, as Variety reports that McQueen is working on a film called Widows and he’s lined up an Oscar nominee as one of his big stars: Viola Davis, she of Suicide Squad and How to Get Away With Murder and the upcoming Fences, which looks like it could be an Academy Award contender as well.