Viola Davis, Julia Roberts Considered to Star in ‘Small Great Things’ Film

Jodi Picoult’s latest novel is headed to the big screen.

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Jodi Picoult‘s Small Great Things is getting the big screen treatment, and with a cast to match.

According to Variety, actresses Viola Davis and Julia Roberts might be attached to star in the film adaptation of Picoult’s 2016 novel of the same name.

This would become Picoult’s sixth work to be adapted for film, and her second feature film adaption. The author’s 2004 novel, My Sister‘s Keeper, which starred Cameron Diaz and Abigale Breslin, was made a feature film in 2009.

Much like her earlier works, Small Great Things seems like it will be in good hands, as the film is expected to be produced by Amblin Partners (responsible for The Light Between Oceans and The Girl on the Train and produced by La La Land‘s Marc Platt. A screenwriter for the film has yet to be announced.

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The book follows the widowed Ruth Jefferson (Davis), the only black delivery nurse to work the maternity ward in a hospital located in a predominantly white area of Connecticut. With 20 years experience and willful determination, Ruth is unswayed by the conditions of her workplace. That’s until a pair of white supremacists accuses Ruth of murdering their newborn and take her to court.

As of yet, Davis and Roberts are the only known rumored to take on the film; but Small Great Things could honestly take flight off their name alone. Fresh off her Screen Actors Guild win for Best Supporting Actress for last year’s drama Fences, Davis has become a buzzing name in the industry. Paired with the added star power provided by Roberts, a household name with the Academy, this film is already laced up for Oscar season.


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Written by Paris Close

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