According to Variety, Viola Davis is presently in talks to star in DreamWorks Studio's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel The Help.

The story is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. It examines the unspoken code of behavior governing Southern households. This is shattered when an aspiring writer interviews a maid, and she speaks candidly about her experiences. This sets off shock waves that reverberate throughout the entire community.

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Davis (Doubt) could play the role of Aibileen, the maid. Emma Stone might play the part of the writer.

Tate Taylor is going to direct from his adapted script.

Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe are producing this film through their company 1492 Pictures.