Viola Davis Takes Roles In Ender's Game And Beautiful Creatures

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-02-02 16:48:16discussion comments
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Today is a big day for the Oscar nominated actresses of Tate Taylor's The Help. Earlier today it was reported that Octavia Spencer - who is up for Best Supporting Actress at this year's Academy Awards - has accepted a role in Bong Joon-ho's Snow Piercer, Jessica Chastain - who also a nominee in the Supporting Actress category - joined Joel Edgerton in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and now we have word that Viola Davis - who is up for Best Actress - has landed two new parts, according to Variety.

First up, Davis has reportedly taken a part in the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. The film is being written and directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and already has a fantastic cast lined up with Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford signed on. The plot is set in a distant future where aliens have invaded Earth and have begun a war with the humans. To better combat the extraterrestrial forces, the government sets up battle schools to train young super geniuses. The protagonist of the story is the young Ender Wiggen, played by Butterfield. Davis will play a military psychologist who both checks in on the mental health of the trainees and designs the games that they compete in.

The second project is a film called Beautiful Creatures, based on the book by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. That story follows a pair of teenagers, a boy and a girl, who are forced to face the girl's family's curse. Davis plays a librarian who cares for the boy like a son. That film is being written and directed by Richard LaGravenese.

It's amazing what a single fantastic performance and an Best Actress Oscar nomination can do for a career, huh?
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