Viola Davis has spoken candidly about the plight of black actresses in Hollywood and the perennial threat of being typecast. Determined to rise about it, the Essence cover star is diversifying her portfolio with a new film, “Prisoners.”

The thriller is markedly different from her previous work, focusing on the fight to find two missing girls (the onscreen daughter of Davis and Terrence Howard, and her best friend whose parents are played by Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello). The girls are abducted outside their homes on Thanksgiving Day.

The film thrives on drama, action and suspense but it’s especially fascinating to see how the characters’ morality and sense of right and wrong is tested when their family’s safety is compromised.

With emotions running high throughout the film, Viola Davis and Terrance Howard deliver the powerfully poignant performances we’ve come to expect from them.

Check out the trailer for the riveting thriller below, which features an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo:

Will you check out the film when it hits theaters today?

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