Hot off her performance in The Woman King, Oscar winner Viola Davis has signed on to star as the President of the United States in the action thriller G20, which hails from Amazon Studios and MRC Film.
Patricia Riggen (The 33) will direct from a script by White Boy Rick scribes Noah and Logan Miller, with revisions by Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss.
The action unfolds at the G20 Summit, which is overtaken by terrorists, prompting U.S. President Taylor Sutton (Davis) to rely on her military experience to defend her family, her fellow political leaders, and the world at large.
Davis and her husband Julius Tennon will produce under their JuVee Productions banner along with Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance. JuVee currently has a first-look deal for film with Amazon.
“Viola is truly a one-of-a-kind talent both in front of and behind the camera, and we can’t wait to watch her bring the dynamic character that is President Sutton to life,” Amazon’s Julie Rapaport said in a statement.
“Viola bringing her unmatched strength, depth, and humor to this kind of fun, popcorn movie is something we cannot wait to see,” MRC Film co-presidents Brye Adler and Jonathan Golfman added in a joint statement. “In Patricia, we have the perfect director to balance a grounded character story with a satisfying genre film.”
Davis won an Oscar for Fences and was also nominated for Doubt, The Help, and most recently, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. She is currently shooting the Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and she can also be seen reprising her DCU role as Amanda Waller in Black Adam, albeit in a quick cameo.
The Woman King has grossed $91 million worldwide, and Davis is said to be in the mix for a Best Actress nomination once again this year. She’s represented by CAA and the Lasher Group, and THR broke the news of her involvement with G20.