Viola Davis Lands Role in "Still I Rise"

by Jasmin
April 27, 2011 2:05 AM
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Viola Davis, who most recently attracted attention for her upcoming role as a Mississippi maid in The Help, will soon be traveling to Pittsburgh to star in the film Still I Rise.

In the film, Davis will portray a mother and middle school teacher who teams up with another woman to transform a local school. The original story is unrelated to the Maya Angelou poem of the same name.

Walden Media executive Mylan Stepanovich said of Ms. Davis, "She's fantastic. We're very lucky" to have her play a lead role in the film, opposite another female lead which has yet to be announced.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in late May and wrap in mid-July. Daniel Barnz (Beastly) is set to direct.

Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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  • Neziah | April 27, 2011 5:28 AMReply

    Beautiful woman and a great actress, one of the best actresses working today.

  • Nadell | April 27, 2011 4:46 AMReply

    No matter how they put their best effort forward to 'ugly' her up, she always gives 100%!
    And then she sashays down that red carpet for her premieres and shows the world how beautiful & gorgeous she is!
    She's an ebony queen! Thank you Mrs. Viola Davis for rising above!!

  • Tamara | April 27, 2011 4:33 AMReply

    Agreed. She IS the truth.

    And she was in Solaris? How'd I miss it (forget it)? *to-rent again*

  • Jug | April 27, 2011 3:51 AMReply

    I gotta be the third co-signer on that one. Zeus, you & Dankwa hit the nail on the head with that one. In her tv stuff, she's a plain jane detective or in SOLARIS she was an astronaut captain, but everything else, they "Oprah" the hell outta her & go supah dupah raw & ugly LOL As much as that gets on my last nerve, she NEVER gives a bad performance. Viola is the truth.

  • Dankwa Brooks | April 27, 2011 2:57 AMReply

    Word! They never do that sh*t to Zoe Saldana. Jus any regard, she is a FANTASTIC actor.

  • Zeus | April 27, 2011 2:40 AMReply

    She is such a good looking woman. Why do producers always want to 'ugly' her up for the projects she does?

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