Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard Join the Cast of The Help

Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard Join the Cast of The Help
Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard
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updated 07/19/2010 at 04:00 PM EDT

originally published 07/20/2010 05:00AM

It looks like The Help doesn't need much more help!

Casting for the big-screen adaptation of writer Kathryn Stockett's debut novel is nearly complete, according to Entertainment Weekly. Allison Janney was recently slotted to take the role of Charlotte Phelan, mother to plucky heroine Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), who rounds out the female-driven cast.

Janney and Stone join Oscar-nominee Viola Davis as determined maid Aibileen Clark, Ugly Betty's Octavia Spencer as her tough-talking pal, maid Minny Jackson, and Bryce Dallas Howard in another slightly villainous role as Hilly Holbrook, Skeeter's snooty adversary.

Though no one from our dream cast made the short list, there are still a few pivotal parts to be filled, including Elizabeth Leefolt, Aibileen's employer and Skeeter's friend.



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