Viola Davis has signed on to star in the upcoming
The movie is based on the 2009 UK three-episode
Aisling Franciosi and Rob Morgan have also hopped aboard the cast led by Sandra Bullock,
New role: Viola Davis has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix film Unforgiven – the movie is based on the 2009 UK three-episode crime drama mini-series of the same name
Christopher McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for his The Usual Suspects screenplay and is known for his work with Tom Cruise, is adapting the series into a film.
German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt, whose latest film System Crasher bowed this September, is directing the Netflix movie.
Sally Wainwright wrote the original series starring Suranne Jones as Ruth, who struggles to adjust to life outside jail after serving time for a double-cop-killing.
As the son of one of the slain policemen tries to avenge his father, Ruth tries to find her long-lost sister Katie who was given up for adoption.
What a lineup: Aisling Franciosi (left) and Rob Morgan (right) have also hopped aboard the cast led by Sandra Bullock, Deadline reported this Monday
Sally is known for creating such series as At Home With The Braithwaites, Last Tango In Halifax and Happy Valley, the last of which is still running.
She and Suranne have been reunited for this year’s HBO and BBC co-produced series Gentleman Jack, which like the original Unforgiven is set in Yorkshire.
Gentleman Jack stars Suranne as the 18th and 19th century English landowner Anne Lister, whose posthumously published diaries revealed she was a lesbian.
While it has been announced that Sandra is starring as Ruth in the Netflix adaptation, Viola, Rob and Aisling’s roles have not been made public.
Throwback: Sally Wainwright wrote the original series starring Suranne Jones as Ruth (pictured), who struggles to adjust to life outside jail after serving time for a double-cop-killing
Unforgiven is not the only project Viola is acting in for Netflix, as she also stars in a movie adaptation of August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
The movie is produced by Denzel Washington and helmed by George C. Wolfe, who recently directed Denzel in a Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh.
Denzel directed and co-starred with Viola in a 2016 film adaptation of the August Wilson play Fences, which won her an Oscar for best supporting actress.
Viola and Denzel had previously co-starred in a 2010 Broadway revival of the play, for which they both won Tony Awards.
Stepping into the role: While it has been announced that Sandra (pictured) is starring as Ruth in the Netflix adaptation, Viola, Rob and Aisling’s roles have not been made public