Octavia Spencer is known for her sweet and positive roles. And yet, the Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner has always managed to strike a chord among the critics and audiences. The actress has been instrumental in the representation of women of color in cinema, choosing to play strong and impacting characters. From her debut in A Time to Kill to her breakthrough role in The Help, and her career-best performances in The Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water, she has established herself as a bankable actress in Hollywood. In her next film, however, Octavia Spencer shows us a side of her that we have not seen before. She appears in a psychological thriller titled Ma and the trailer itself is enough to give you the heebee-geebees.
The story of Ma follows Sue Ann (Spencer) who appears as a loner, mostly keeping to herself in the quiet town she lives in. One day, a group of teenagers approaches her to buy them some alcohol (they’re under 18 years of age and thus not able to purchase it for themselves), igniting a rebellious spirit within her. Soon after, she invites them to her cottage a little away from town and they have a loud party in her basement. She has a few rules though – the teenagers must refer to her as “Ma”, never venture into the upstairs section of the house, and one of them must remain sober. The kids see this as the perfect opportunity to party away from the prying eyes of their parents and also stay safe indoors instead of driving drunk around the city. However, strange things begin to happen, as they do in such thrillers, and the kids are now wary of Ma as her friendship soon turns to obsession. But escaping her is not as easy as they would think!
Apart from Octavia Spencer, the movie has a lot of new faces in prominent roles. Diana Silvers, who has played smaller parts in Glass and Booksmart, plays one of the teenagers who is the first to point out that there’s something wrong with Ma. The movie also stars Luke Evans and Juliette Lewis as parents of the teenagers, while Evans’ character also has a connection to Ma’s past. Allison Janney appears in the film too, although she is not shown in the trailer. At the helm of things is Tate Taylor, the guy behind The Help and The Girl on the Train.
Ma will hit the theatres worldwide, and even in India, at the end of May. It’s not a long wait but you can check out some other horror/psychological thriller movies releasing this year right here. Stay tuned for more updates and the review of Ma by clicking on the “Interested” button.