Steve McQueen, Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn's heist thriller Widows to open BFI's London Film Festival

FP Staff

July 17, 2018 18:32:34 IST

British director Steve McQueen will open his first major feature since 12 Years a Slave won an Oscar in 2013 when thriller Widows kicks off the BFI London Film Festival in October.

The film stars Academy Award winner Viola Davis, Fast and Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez and The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki among other big names.

(From L-R) Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki in Widows. Image via Twitter

(From L-R) Michelle Rodriguez, Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki in Widows. Image via Twitter

Widows, set in modern-day Chicago, is a complex thriller about a group of women who attempt to complete a heist after their husbands are killed on the job. It is adapted from an 1980s television series by British crime writer Lynda La Plante.

“I am absolutely delighted that Widows will be opening this year’s BFI London Film Festival,” McQueen said in a statement. “Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the ’80s had a major impact on me, and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”

The film, co-written by McQueen and Gone Girl novelist Gillian Flynn, will kick off the 10-21 October festival at its Opening Night Gala.

The cast of Widows also includes Taken star Liam Neeson and Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya.

With inputs from Reuters

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2018 18:45 PM