Viola Davis In Talks To Join Emma Stone In The Help
I've already said my piece about my concerns for the planned adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's The Help, a novel set in 1960s Mississippi about a young privileged white woman (to be played by Emma Stone in the movie) who writes a book documenting the voices of the black women who work as maids and nannies, a.k.a. "the help." The film will be directed by Tate Taylor, a relative newcomer who is also Stockett's childhood friend, and although Taylor is clearly a native Southerner, I've been worried about all the Yankees (like Stone) he'd be bringing into the cast.
But I forgot about one Yankee who gets a pass to do whatever she wants: Viola Davis.
Davis is currently doing a stint on Broadway in Fences, and it's not clear when production on The Help might get started-- though I imagine everyone involved is keen to avoid shooting in Mississippi in the middle of summer. Davis is an excellent choice to get things started; just cast the other crucial role of outspoken Minny, I may be able to get over my concerns entirely.
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