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The Cast of Widows On Centering Female Strength in Their Blockbuster Heist Film

The Cast of Widows On Centering Female Strength in Their Blockbuster Heist Film

Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo star in one of the year's most anticipated films.

Steve McQueen's Widows, a remake of the 1983 British TV series of the same name, follows four wives who have to set aside their grief for their husbands -- who die during a robbery in the first few moments of the film -- and pull off a heist with no special skills or training. While Widows brings together a stellar cast and sets them the task of pulling off a seemingly impossible caper, this is emphatically not another female-driven heist move (cough, Ocean's 8). These women aren't expert hackers or masters of disguise, they're regular women thrust into an impossible situation, doing everything they can to survive.

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Last month in Chicago, OUT talked to the cast of Widows -- including Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo -- about what drew them to the film and what women have traditionally been forced to sacrifice to be seen as strong.

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