United News International (UNI) – What do actors Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriquez, Liam Neeson, Colin Ferrell and Robert Duvall all have in common?

They’re starring in a much anticipated big hit — Steve McQueen’s thriller “Widows.”

It was recently announced as the opening film for the 62nd annual BFI London Film Festival.

The movie is based on a 1980’s U.K. TV series.

It’s about a group of women in Chicago who share a debt left behind by their dead criminal husbands who died in a failed heist.

McQueen has reportedly had the idea to make the film since he was 13 years old when he was watching the original TV series.

The noted director made history in 2014 when he became the first black filmmaker to win an Oscar for best picture  for “12 Years A Slave.”

The international premiere of “Widows” is set for October 10 in London.