Based on the beloved New York Times bestselling novel, "The Help," is the story of three extraordinary women in the deep South in 1962. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but her mother will not be happy until Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but she has disappeared, and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job.
Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
|Emma Stone||...||Eugenia 'Skeeter' Phelan|
|Bryce Dallas Howard||...||Hilly Holbrook|
|Mike Vogel||...||Johnny Foote|
|Allison Janney||...||Eugenia's Mom|
|Jessica Chastain||...||Celia Foote|
|Sissy Spacek||...||Missus Walters|
|Anna Camp||...||Jolene French|
|Viola Davis||...||Aibileen Clark|
|Chris Lowell||...||Stuart Whitworth|
|Octavia Spencer||...||Minny Jackson|
|Ahna O'Reilly||...||Elizabeth Leefolt|
|Brian Kerwin||...||Robert Phelan|
|Aunjanue Ellis||...||Yule Mae|
|Cicely Tyson||...||Constantine Jefferson|
|Leslie Jordan||...||Mr. Blackly|
|Harriet Sansom Harris||...||Grace Higginbotham|
|Wes Chatham||...||Carlton Phelan|
|Ritchie Montgomery||...||Bus Driver|
|La Chanze||...||Rachel Jefferson|
If you haven't read this book, you should. There is something in it for everyone, regardless of where you were in the 1960's.
This is a major motion picture being filmed in the Delta... and we should be proud! It not only recognizes the literary achievement of Mississippians, but gives us a true snapshot of what life was like in the segregated south.
I was in Greenwood last week and met several of the cast and crew. All were quite delightful and complementary of the Delta. Aside from the 100 degree plus temperatures they were enduring in costume and make-up, they found Greenwood very "charming".
Filming will go on throughout October and the movie will be released in early 2011. This is a very positive happening for the Delta. Some good news at last!