viola davis cast in its a funny story and trust

Oscar nominee Viola Davis has plenty of films on the horizon including a comedy co-starring Zach Galifianakis. According to Variety, the actress has just signed on for a role in the film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and the recently announced David Schwimmer drama, Trust.

In It’s Kind of a Funny Story, centers on a 15 year old boy who’s battling depression. He checks himself into a psychiatric hospital, but realizes it’s a institution for adults. He soon develops relationships with the older patients as well as a girl his own age. Davis will portray the psychiatrist who helps him understand his anxieties and provides him with the help he needs.

Trust is a drama about the parents of a 14-year-old girl who are stunned to discover she has been victimized by an adult who gained her trust posing as a teenager in a chat room. Newcomer Liana Liberato will play the daughter, and the parents in the situation will be played by Catherine Keener and Clive Owen. Davis will star as the counselor assigned to the girl’s case.

I almost laughed when I read the descriptions for both of these roles. They’re pretty much the same part, and focus on a troubled youth. But I must admit, there is something about Davis that comes off as welcoming, so I can understand why they would pick her.

What do you think of Viola Davis being cast in these two films?