As expected Viola Davis has entered 2022 with a new project in the works. The award-winning actress is in talks to star in the Amazon feature Two Butterflies.
Yance Ford is directing the drama follows two estranged sisters who are torn apart by tragedy and forced to reunite when one sister must be transported to an Alzheimer’s facility.
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Evan Dodson, who became the youngest scribe ever to make the Black List of the year’s best-unproduced screenplays when his script was selected in 2016, is penning the script based on his original idea. Other upcoming projects from up-and-coming screenwriter Dodson include an adaptation of Terms of Endearment for Paramount Pictures, which Lee Daniels is set to direct, and Frankly in Love, which is also for Paramount.
Davis and Julius Tennon will produce Two Butterflies for JuVee Productions, with Rob Hardy for Rainforest Entertainment.
You can currently see Davis opposite Sandra Bullock in Netflix’s The Unforgivable. Up next she is starring in Showtime’s The First Lady anthology series, which she also executive produces. The hour-long will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic women, tracing their journeys to Washington through interweaving storylines with an enlightening intimacy, with season one focusing on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt. Davis will portray former First Lady Michelle Obama.
She is also starring in The Woman King. Directed by Gina Prince Bythewood, the film is a historical epic inspired by actual events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey. It is one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca (Davis), the general of the all-female military unit, and her daughter Nawi. They fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.