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Octavia Spencer joins 'The Help'

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Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of period drama The Help.

According to Variety, the Halloween II actress will co-star with Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard in the upcoming film.

The Help, directed by Tate Taylor, is based on Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name.

The plot centres on a maid who breaks etiquette by speaking candidly and writing a book about her experiences working for a family in the early 1960s in Jackson, MS.

Actor Chris Lowell also stars in the film.

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