Carrie Coon’s meteoric rise continues as she joins Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist film Widows. Hot off the heels of powerhouse performances in both FX’s Fargo and HBO’s The Leftovers, the actor will be joining an all star cast that already includes Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, and Daniel Kaluuya.
Coon will join the cast once she’s finished filming her role in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming drama The Papers, which also stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, and Sarah Paulson. The real-life story tackles the issue of the Pentagon Papers, documents the United States government attempted to suppress during the Vietnam War, and the news media’s attempts to bring them to light.
There isn’t a lot of information on her role in McQueen’s Widows, but as THR reports, her character doesn’t appear to want to join the other women in the heist. These dual slots in the films of A-list directors are just the latest entries in Coon’s dizzying rise as one of the most sought-after talents working in Hollywood today. A longtime stage actor, Coon became familiar to film audiences as the twin sister to Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne in David Fincher’s 2014 mystery film Gone Girl.
Gone Girl was actually the follow-up to arguably her signature performance as the deeply damaged Nora Durst on the first season HBO’s critically acclaimed The Leftovers. In the series, two percent of Earth’s population disappears seemingly at random, never to return and with no explanation in an event called the Sudden Departure. Nora Durst’s husband and two children are among the departed, making her one of the most traumatized characters in the aftermath of the departure. As Nora attempts to rebuild her life, Coon gives a great performances as a woman desperately in search of purpose in a world that’s robbed her of it.
In 2017, Coon pulled off the rare feat of giving two amazing lead television performances; not only did she emotionally anchor The Leftovers’ final season, but she also headlined the third season of FX’s acclaimed anthology series Fargo. Portraying small town cop Gloria Burgle, Coon stepped into the shoes of Allison Tolman and Patrick Wilson from previous seasons as the clear eyed, determined police officer who has to deal with a bizarre series of events set in motion by a bunch of small town weirdos.
Seeing as how it might simply be a question of which show earns her an Emmy nomination this year (if not both), it’s no surprise that Hollywood’s power player directors have come calling.