Steve McQueen’s heist thriller Widows will be the opening night film of the BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off this October in the capital city.

Widows is co-written by the Oscar-winning director and Gillian Flynn, writer of Gone Girl. The story unites a group of four women – played by Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo – who are left with a debt to pay after their husbands are killed during a robbery. Veronica (Davis), Alice (Debicki), Linda (Rodriguez), and Belle (Erivo) take fate in their own hands, setting out to complete the robbery their husbands could not, in order to secure their future.

The film’s stellar cast also includes Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.

McQueen said of the decision, “I am absolutely delighted that Widows will be opening this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Watching the UK TV version of Lynda La Plante’s original thriller as a teenager in the 80s had a major impact on me and so it feels very special to be sharing this film with a UK audience.”

Following its LFF showing, Widows will be released in the UK on November 9th. The 62nd BFI London Film Festival takes place from October 10th – 21st, with the full schedule being revealed on August 30th.

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