Michelle Joins Steve McQueen’s Heist Pic ‘Widows’

EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Rodriguez has been cast in New Regency’s heist thriller Widows from Brit helmer Steve McQueen. She’ll join Oscar-nominated Viola Davis in the pic along with Cynthia Erivo.

Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn co-writes the script with McQueen, based on the 1983 British miniseries penned by Lynda LaPlante (Prime Suspect). The story begins when four armed robbers are killed during a failed heist and their surviving widows join forces and resolve to pull off the next raid themselves.

See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who produced McQueen’s Shame, will produce along with McQueen. Film4 is co-financing.

Widows marks McQueen’s first feature since winning the Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave in 2014. The in-demand director since had been working on the HBO limited series Codes of Conduct, but that was shelved to allow McQueen to push on with this feature.

Rodriguez, who made a name for herself with roles in Universal’s hit Fast and Furious franchise, has starred in such hit films as Avatar, Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Retribution. Further credits include Girlfight, S.W.A.T. and Battle: Los Angeles.

Rodriguez is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Greenberg Traurig. McQueen is with CAA in the U.S. and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in the UK. Erivo is repped at UTA.

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Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez and Ellie Kemper join Smurfs: The Lost Village

Michelle Rodriguez, Patrick Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, and Steven Yeun among the many new voice cast members announced.

Smurfs: The Lost Village has added a series of high-profile actors to their voice cast, including Oscar winner Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow, the matriarch of the titular lost village and foil to Papa Smurf (the previously announced Mandy Patinkin). Other new voice cast members include the Fast and Furious’ Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom, and Modern Family’s Ariel Winter as SmurfLily. Yes, Smurfette (voiced here by Demi Lovato) is no longer the only female Smurf in the world.

SPA also announced that the film’s Smurf voice cameos will include Gordon Ramsay as Baker, Gabriel Iglesias as Jokey, Tituss Burgess as Vanity, Jeff Dunham as Farmer, and Jake Johnson as Grouchy. The film’s director, Kelly Asbury, voices Nosey Smurf.

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‘2031 The Movie’ Teaser

Chaos becomes the new world order when robots designed to serve mankind form an army to destroy it.

One man discovers the source of the uprising and with the help of an ex solider fights to put an end to it.

Michelle Rodriguez and Lukas Haas star in this Science Fiction story about Robots who are programmed to serve mankind start to do their best to end it.

Directed by Catero Colbert.

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THE ASSIGNMENT On Ultra VOD 3/3 and in theaters 4/7

THE ASSIGNMENT stars Michelle Rodriguez as a hitman seeking revenge on the doctor (Sigourney Weaver) that surgically altered him to now have the body of a woman.

Legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors) gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was—he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own.

THE ASSIGNMENT arrives on Ultra VOD on March 3rd, and in select theaters on April 7th.

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