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Viola Davis Looks Fierce In These Set Photos From 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 31, 2012 5:32 PM
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Here's a look at Viola Davis on the set of her next project, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, which stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, in a love story that explores a New York City couple's relationship during a difficult time in their marriage, from both perspectives - that of the husband (McAvoy), a restaurant owner; and of the wife, a.k.a. Eleanor Rigby (Chastain), who goes back to college.

Also in the film are William HurtIsabelle HuppertBill Hader, Ciarin Hinds, and others.

Ned Benson is directing; Cassandra Kulukundis is producing. Myriad Pictures is producing and financing, with production clearly underway in New York.

Still no word on what role Viola is playing in this; although I'm certainly hoping that she isn't relegated to the usual BBF (Best Black Friend) duties.

She looks great though! Glad she's rocking the natural cut too. Just check out at her frame and how she poses in the pic immediately below, and tell me that doesn't make you salivate, wondering just what other kinds of characters she could play on screen that she hasn't played yet.

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47 Comments

  • Beth | August 4, 2012 10:04 AMReply

    Maybe she's a professor in the movie. (Since Chastain's character goes back to college.) She looks like she's imparting some sort of knowledge in the photos, in any case.

  • Donella | August 2, 2012 12:45 PMReply

    She's got arms like FLOTUS and Angela Bassett. Really makes you think about getting back in the gym.

  • ALM | August 2, 2012 9:44 PM

    @ Donella: Amen! A lot of arm curls or kettlebell swings to get that type of definition.

  • jeni | August 2, 2012 2:01 AMReply

    Can someone get her in an innovative action flick, stat? No more "downtrodden but dignified Negro" roles, pls.

  • ALM | August 2, 2012 9:43 PM

    @ Jeni: Yep, she would be great in an action flick as the main, central character.

  • B | August 2, 2012 6:16 PM

    Amen to that! With arms like that, she needs to be kicking some serious a$$ in an action flick. :) And, she's a damn good actress on top of it. I can see a great action film with her in it.

  • JULIUS HOLLINGSWORTH | August 1, 2012 8:56 AMReply

    I LOVE VIOLA DAVIS....BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL ,DEEP,TALENTED........BALANCED FOUND AWAY NOT TO BE BITTER IN A BUSINESS THAT COULD EASILY MAKE YOU BITTER .BRAVO VIOLA DAVIS....

  • LeonRaymond | July 31, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    SEXY AS HELL, Damn sure would take her home and keep her there, of course that winning smile and she's got you

  • Suzanne | July 31, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    When I see Viola Davis, I think of Thelma Golden of the Studio Museum of Harlem. They favor one another, but may be differ in height. I think Viola is cute. I'm not a fan of the hair color, but I don't think she looks terrible either. Viola is known to have a sexy smile, but for some reason she's mean mugging here. Overall, I'm just proud of her. She has come a long way from her days in Rhode Island. I remember her telling a story about being denied Communion in the 1960's because she was black. She never let that stop her. She persevered and came so close to winning the Oscar. I love her and Julius together. I love that they are starting a family production company to serve as acting vehicles for both of them. That's beautiful and I wish them much success.

  • Suzanne | July 31, 2012 11:14 PM

    Actually, Viola is more of a cross between Thelma Golden and Lauryn Hill.

  • ALM | July 31, 2012 11:01 PMReply

    Those guns (arms), that hair....she looks beautiful, sexy, confident, powerful and strong= YES!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aaron | July 31, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    One day she'll get a call and they'll be asking her to play Michelle Obama.

  • the black police | August 1, 2012 12:05 AM

    Isnt she already older than Michelle?

  • PRISS | July 31, 2012 9:38 PMReply

    She looks amazing here! I like seeing her like this!

  • Tess | August 2, 2012 9:04 PM

    Mrs. Obama is one year older than Viola, so yes, Viola can play FLOTUS. However, age doesn't matter in this case -- Viola is a damn good actor.

  • Logic | July 31, 2012 9:20 PMReply

    FINALLY! The wig is dead and she's showing off her body. She looks terrific, better than ever.

  • Dr. Boogie | July 31, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    I wonder how hard she'd rock with an Ethiopian burgundy-colored dye job....WERK!!!!

  • Gigi Young | July 31, 2012 7:01 PMReply

    Interesting that she and Jessica have red hair in this film. Wonder what it symbolizes.

  • the black police | August 1, 2012 12:05 AM

    Hmm, perhaps. Id like to see a longer yet natural do on her.

  • lauren | July 31, 2012 9:16 PM

    Longer hair would soften her look a bit. However, she is what she is; an extrordinary actress who happens to be ordinary looking.

  • the black police | July 31, 2012 8:27 PM

    I dunno about that. I just know her face isnt cute and thats not a big deal. Its nothing to cry about. It doesnt take away from her acting talent. It may take away from her leading lady potential though.

  • lauren | July 31, 2012 8:10 PM

    Not a good look on her. She needs longer hair to frame her face...

  • the black police | July 31, 2012 7:15 PM

    I wonder why she cant just leave her hair black or dark brown - whatever her natural color is.

  • Laura | July 31, 2012 6:56 PMReply

    She's fierce by way of cougarism. (She's a cougar)

  • Hawtine | July 31, 2012 6:53 PMReply

    She absolutely looks sexy. The hair, the muscle tone. If you don't see that, you really don't want to see it. Unfortunately she isn't the lead who gets to demonstrate that.

  • the black police | August 1, 2012 12:04 AM

    Theres nothing wrong with disagreeing with me. Again, me not finding her sexy doesnt take away from her talent. I think shes a phenomenal actress. Just not a sexy one. Not everyone is sexy. No big deal.

  • JustSaying | July 31, 2012 9:12 PM

    ... fights would break out..

  • Laura | July 31, 2012 8:53 PM

    @Critical Acclaim. You ain't never lied. Bruthas would be stepping to a sista quick-fast-in-a-hurry if the sista looked like that. All kinds of bruthas. She may not have the "Hollywood look", but you cain't tell me bruthas don't think that's a foine sistah right there.

  • CRITICAL ACCLAIM | July 31, 2012 8:37 PM

    BP - I usually agree with you but that's a good looking sistah right there. If she was in the store shopping for groceries, with that pretty cocoa skin, great hair (i like the red) and that body, I'd be steppin to her. She got SOMETHING.

  • the black police | July 31, 2012 7:13 PM

    Well, you really wanna see it.

  • the black police | July 31, 2012 5:38 PMReply

    So, she is sexy huh?...

  • the black police | August 2, 2012 3:15 AM

    Um the commenter states that those who dont see her beauty really dont want to see it. It stands to reason that those who do really want to see it. Nothing wrong with that. Just admit it. Oh she isnt older than Michelle? Cool. Twas a simple question. How far apart are they in age? And yes STARS all those women are sexy.

  • stars | August 1, 2012 7:39 PM

    Is Halle Berry, Sallie Richardson, Beyonce, Sanaa Lathan, Meagan Good, or Lisa Raye McCoy Sexy?

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 1, 2012 10:41 AM

    MOST NOTABLY, YOUR "Well, you really wanna see it" COMMENT JUST ABOVE, THEN FARTHER UP, THE COMMENTS ABOUT HER HAIR THAT LED YOU TO CRITICIZE HER FACE ONCE MORE. ALSO, WHILE SHE'S NOT RIGHT TO PLAY MICHELLE O, VIOLA IS DEFINITELY NOT OLDER THAN THE FIRST LADY. HAMMERING AWAY AT A POINT TO WHAT END?

  • THE BLACK POLICE | August 1, 2012 4:30 AM

    "YOU CAN'T DENY THAT YOU KEEP MAKING DISMISSIVE RESPONSES TO OTHER FOLKS' POSITIVE COMMENTS IN HERE" Back your claims up with examples. And Im no more aggressive than you are. I made a point, you challenged it, I responded. Dont see the aggressiveness. Even from the get go you accused me of being "HYPE ABOUT NOT FINDING HER ATTRACTIVE". How? How is "So, she is sexy huh?..." hype?

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 1, 2012 3:00 AM

    LOL AT "CORE BELIEFS." DIDN'T KNOW VIOLA'S UNATTRACTIVENESS WAS A RELIGIOUS THING, MY BAD. NEVER SAID SEXINESS WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TALENT, SO NO NEED FOR STRAW MEN/TELEGRAPHING AN ARGUMENT THAT AIN'T HAPPENING; I SIMPLY ASKED WHY YOU WERE GOING SO HARD ON THE SUBJECT OF THE WOMAN'S APPEARANCE. NOT TROUBLED BY YOUR OPINION, JUST WONDERING WHY YOU'RE SO AGGRESSIVE ON THE SUBJECT & CAN'T SEEM TO BELIEVE THOSE WHO THINK OTHERWISE. YOU CAN'T DENY THAT YOU KEEP MAKING DISMISSIVE RESPONSES TO OTHER FOLKS' POSITIVE COMMENTS IN HERE. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHY. IF YOU REALLY THINK IT'S OKAY FOR FOLKS TO DISAGREE WITH YOU ON THIS, WHY ALL THE EXTRA LIL COMMENTS?

  • the black police | August 1, 2012 1:04 AM

    Im certainly not heated. You are the one questioning my core beliefs and wondering why you agree with me simply before I dont think Viola is sexy even though I think shes an amazing actress. Is being sexy more valuable than being a phenomenal actress? If I was going up through the post saying how I find Viola ravishing, would you process that as troublesome?

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 1, 2012 12:40 AM

    IM NOT OFFENDED, YOU'RE THE ONE GETTING HEATED BY A SIMPLE QUESTION. YOU'RE COMMENTING ALL UP & THROUGH THIS POST & I'M WONDERING WHY YOU BELABOR THE POINT. YES YOUR HARPING IS DIFFERENT, SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S CONSTANT. FOR SOMEONE NOT TAKEN BY VIOLA'S LOOKS, YOU GOT A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THEM. I'M OFTEN WITH YOU, BUT THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES YOU GOT ME WONDERING WHY.

  • THE BLACK POLICE | August 1, 2012 12:17 AM

    Is my harping different from the pro-sexy crowd? Why are you so offended by my little words? Leave me be, Comment Police, leave me be.

  • COMMENT POLICE | August 1, 2012 12:10 AM

    IT'S NOT A CRIME TO SAY IT, BUT YOU KEEEEP SAYING IT, WHICH IS WHY I ASKED WHY YOU WERE GOING SO HARD. IT'S ALMOST LIKE YOU TAKE OFFENSE OR CAN'T DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT PEOPLE FIND HER ATTRACTIVE. I MENTIONED TWO EXTREMES, "BEAUTY QUEEN" & "WILDEBEEST" & THE SECOND IS THE ONE YOU LATCHED ONTO. HMMM. FINE TO FIND HER UNATTRACTICVE, BUT NO NEED TO HARP ON IT.

  • the black police | August 1, 2012 12:02 AM

    Who said shes a wildebeest? That you even mention that is odd. If someone said Halle berry wasnt sexy would you bring wildebeest into the matter? Hey I didnt say the woman is ugly. All I said is shes not sexy. And its all in her face. I love all skin colors. I love all hair lenghts and colors (though i dont love this on her... but the hair isnt the dealbreaker anyway). Her facial features are not pretty. Is it a crime to say that?

  • ALM | July 31, 2012 11:02 PM

    @ The Black Police: Dude, we had this discussion before. It seems as if you and Turner are the only two people on here who don't find her sexy. Now that I have typed this, I'm sure multiple comments agreeing with you will now pop up. Viola is sexy, but hey.....you are entitled to a difference of opinion.

  • COMMENT POLICE | July 31, 2012 9:27 PM

    LOL "CONMENT POLICE." THERE SHOULD BE A CONDIMENT POLICE UP IN THIS PIECE, JUST THROWING SALT EVERYWHERE.

  • COMNENT POLICE | July 31, 2012 9:24 PM

    WHY YOU SO HYPE ABOUT NOT FINDING HER ATTRACTIVE? SHE LOOKS FLY AND LOVELY. NOT A BEAUTY QUEEN, BUT NOT A WILDEBEEST EITHER.

  • Turner | July 31, 2012 6:05 PM

    Not really...

  • No | July 31, 2012 5:54 PM

    A good-lookin' woman, with a whole lotta dignity.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 31, 2012 5:38 PMReply

    Probably the "Maternal Negro" of this piece ('Sup, Oprah!).

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