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Viola Davis books two feature roles

Thesp joins 'Ender's Game,' WB's 'Beautiful Creatures'

With an Oscar nomination and SAG Award in hand, Viola Davis has now found her next two projects, landing supporting roles in Summit Entertainment’s “Ender’s Game” and in Warner Bros. and Alcon’s “Beautiful Creatures.”

“Beautiful Creatures” will be helmed by Richard LaGravenese. Erwin Stoff, Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson and Molly Smith are producing. The LaGravenese-penned adaptation of the Margaret Stohl-Kami Garcia tome follows two teens who must confront a curse that has haunted the girl’s family for generations.

Davis plays a librarian and friend of the teenage boy’s deceased mother who loves him like a son and will do whatever she can to protect him.

Alcon’s also obtained rights to the next two books in the Stohl-Garcia trilogy, “Beautiful Darkness” and “Beautiful Chaos.”

Summit will sell foreign rights to “Beautiful Creatures” at Berlin. Lensing will start in April in New Orleans.

Gavin Hood is helming “Ender’s Game,” starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

Hood penned the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel. Set in Earth’s future, story follows a genius strategist recruited by the government to help destroy an insect-like alien race.

Davis will play a military psychologist who oversees the emotional welfare of young trainees. She also helps design the games that test their skills and resilience.

OddLot, K/O Paper Products and Digital Domain are production partners on “Ender’s Game.” OddLot’s Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough are producing with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman via their K/O Paper Products banner, as well as Lynn Hendee, Robert Chartoff and Card. OddLot’s Bill Lischak and K/O’s Mandy Safavi will exec produce with Digital Domain’s Cliff Plumer and Ed Ulbrich. Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales for the pic.

The plan is for Davis to shoot “Ender’s Game” first, with “Beautiful Creatures” following later in the year.

Davis is the second actress nominee this week to lock up a new project — on Monday, Rooney Mara landed the female lead in Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects.”

Davis is also developing an untitled skein for HBO with “Pariah” helmer Dee Rees.

She is repped by APA, Principal Entertainment and Michael Adler.

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