Viola Davis Joins “Law Abiding Citizen”

Oscar®-nominee Viola Davis (Doubt) will join Oscar®-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray,Collateral) and Gerard Butler (300, RocknRolla) in the F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job)-directed psychological thriller Law Abiding Citizen. Also joining the cast are Bruce McGill (W., Vantage Point), Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Colm Meaney (“Law & Order”) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise).

The film began shooting January 21st in Philadelphia and is expected to debut in theatres in 2010. Overture is domestically distributing The Film Department-produced project.

The announcement was made by Overture Films’ CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett along with Mark Gill and Neil Sacker of The Film Department. Gill and Butler will produce along with Lucas Foster, Alan Siegel and Kurt Wimmer. Sacker, Robert Katz and Michael Goguen will executive produce with Jeff Waxman co-producing.

“Law Abiding Citizen” focuses on a man (Butler) who, 10 years after his wife and daughter are brutally murdered, returns to exact justice from the assistant district attorney (Foxx) who prosecuted the case against their killers. His vengeance threatens not only the man who allowed mercy to supersede justice, but also the system and the city that made it so.

“What a fantastic cast,” said McGurk. “We are thrilled to partner with The Film Department on such an intriguing project and hope this is just the beginning of a long and successful relationship.”

Currently, Overture has Golden Globe®-nominated Last Chance Harvey, starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, in theatres nationwide. March 13th marks the debut of Sunshine Cleaning starring Oscar®-nominee Amy Adams along with Emily Blunt and Oscar®-winner Alan Arkin. The studio will release horror/thriller Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster and Cam Gigandet, on Labor Day Weekend.