After leaving her mark as a talented comedic actress capable of delivering box office success (see: “Easy A”), and before stepping into the iconic role of Gwen Stacey in the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot, Emma Stone takes a turn for the dramatic in the new civil-rights era set film “The Help”, based on the vastly successful novel by Kathryn Stockett. Today we have our first glimpse of a blonde Stone as Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan in the first promotional stills from the film.
The film, which also stars Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard, will be released on August 12, 2011. Full resolution images and the official synopsis can be viewed by clicking “Read More.”
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (star of the breakout hit, “Zombieland”) as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives—and a small Mississippi town—upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis (“Eat Pray Love”) stars as Aibileen, Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, who is the first to open up—to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories—and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly—and unwillingly—caught up in the changing times.