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Watch Viola Davis In 4 New Clips From "Won't Back Down" + Official Poster

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 18, 2012 11:43 AM
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Won't Back Down

Here are 4 clips and the offifical poster for the Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal education-reform drama, initially titled Still I Rise, was then switched to Learning To Fly, and finally landed on and has, so far, stuck to Won't Back Down.

The film was initially scheduled to be released on March 30th, 2012, but the studio distributing it (Fox) pushed that date all the way back to September 28th. They likely feel they might have an awards-contender on their hands.

The drama, produced by Walden Media & 20th Century Fox, is centered on two frustrated mothers (played by Viola and Maggie Gyllenhaal) who team up to transform an inner-city public school. 

Specifically, Viola plays a teacher who risks plenty to join the cause; while Gyllenhaal plays a single mother who sells cars, tends bar and rouses parents to take charge of their grade school.

Rosie Perez as well as Fringe and The Wire star Lance Reddick co-star in the film playing the tough head of the school board (Perez), and Viola Davis' husband who also happens to be a teacher (Reddick).

You'll see several familiar faces in this including: Ving Rhames, Bill Nunn, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Daniel Barnz (Beastly) directed the film.

Watch the4 clips below (and check out the full poster underneath):

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  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 18, 2012 8:38 PMReply

    So... it's an 80's buddy cop movie, but with teachers? LOL

  • Denise Billings | June 18, 2012 7:42 PMReply

    Viola is so damn good. She steals every scene she's in with the slightest inflection of those big eyes. The classroom scene brought me to tears. I agree with Geneva girl and Orville.

  • Geneva Girl | June 18, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    An Oscar to the cinematographer who can properly light Viola Davis in the same scene with a white actress. In the second clip Maggie Gyllenhaal skin glows, but Davis looks like she's been lit from a well. It ticks me off that the director didn't insist on lighting both his lead actresses properly.

  • Orville | June 18, 2012 3:35 PMReply

    I like Viola Davis but sad that she's second fiddle to Maggie Gyllenhaal. I like Maggie she's one of the best young actresses of her generation for sure. But I really wanted Viola to be the female lead in a movie for a change that wasn't stereotypical. I guess I will have to wait for Viola's next project. I sure hope one day Viola will get the the LEAD and not the best friend or the white woman's sidekick in her movies.

  • Ray | June 18, 2012 3:05 PMReply

    I feel you guys, but maybe this is just what she wants to do. Perhaps, she's just into the "strong black woman" thing and this is what she decided to roll with? She can't please us all, and that would be stupid on her part to even begin to try.I just tip my hat to see her actually putting something together with Dee Rees, I mean that is big enough in it's self, to not think she's too "bigtime" to reach back & work with someone that is just starting out so to speak.

  • Critical acclaim | June 18, 2012 2:52 PMReply

    Another white woman helping Viola be her best self. C'mon. A some point, she has to say NO.

  • Laura | June 18, 2012 12:47 PMReply

    I love Viola Davis. But I can't with stoic, strong Black woman thing. I know it's not her fault but I can't. I would love to see her in something fun or adventurous. I would have loved her Prometheus.

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