Viola Davis Lands Roles in 'Ender's Game' and 'Beautiful Creatures'
by Ethan Anderton
February 3, 2012
Hot on the heels of Octavia Spencer landing a role in Snow Piercer, another acclaimed talent from The Help is filling up her future schedule as well. Variety has word that Viola Davis has signed for two supporting roles in two different adaptations: Ender's Game at Summit Entertainment. and Beautiful Creatures from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Considering all the awards love Davis has been getting for her lead role in The Help, including another Oscar nomination (she was previously nominated for Doubt), it's no surprise to have her lining up two high profile project, both of which are fantastical in their own unique way.
With Ender's Game, directed by Gavin Hood, Davis returns to sci-fi for the first time since Solaris in 2002. The story, set in the distant future, follows a genius strategist recruited by the government to help destroy an insect-like alien race. Davis will be playing a military psychologist who oversees the emotional welfare of young trainees. She also helps design the games that test their skills and resilience. She joins a cast that includes Asa Butterfield in the lead role along with Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford, also making a triumphant return to science fiction as well.
Meanwhile, Beautiful Creatures follows two teens who must confront a curse that has haunted the girl's family for generations. Richard LaGravenese is writing and directing the film and Davis will play a librarian and friend of the teenage boy's deceased mother who loves him like a son and will do whatever she can to protect him. The film just might be the start of a franchise as Alcon has also bought the next two books in Margaret Stohl-Kami Garcia's series, Beautiful Darkness and Beautiful Chaos. Davis will shoot Ender's Game before this project begins shooting later in the year.
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