20th Century Fox dropped the thrilling second trailer for Steve McQueen's new film Widows. In this latest cut, we learn more about the huge heist Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, and Elizabeth Debicki attempt to pull off in order to repay a debt left behind by their dead husbands, who seem to have been part of a nefarious gang of thieves.
“Your husband stole $2 million from me,” Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry tells Davis at the beginning of the trailer. “This is about my life, and because it’s about my life it now becomes about yours.”
Davis discovers plans for a final heist her husband (Liam Neeson) was prepping, and proposes to her fellow widows that they pull off the job in order to get Henry and his partner, Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya, off their backs.
Widows is based on Lynda La Plante's 1980s British crime drama of the same name, and is McQueen’s first movie since 2013's 12 Years a Slave. The script is co-written by McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
“It’s a genre picture,” McQueen told Variety last month. “I liked the idea of going into a genre, but still having social realism involved. Chicago had all the elements that I wanted to investigate, those of race, class, religion, policing…It’s such a fertile narrative environment. It has this criminality that goes all the way back to Al Capone.”
In November, Kaluuya told Screen Daily how excited he is to watch the film, let alone star in it. "I can't wait to watch that," he said. "I mean, it's Viola Davis in a heist movie—I'd pay to see that.”
When it comes to picking Davis as the lead, McQueen explained the role wasn’t specifically written for a woman of color, but that she truly was the perfect person to take charge of the heist. “I needed someone with gravitas, who you believe could get people to follow her,” said McQueen. “But I also needed someone who could convey a vulnerability to make the person human and not superhuman.”
The film also stars Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, and Lukas Haas. Widows hits theaters November 16.