Whoopi Goldberg will be absent from the ABC daytime talk show The View for a while, but not for reasons you may think.

“If you’re wondering where Whoopi is, the girl’s got a movie she’s making and she will be back when she finishes whatever she’s doing,” Goldberg’s fellow panelist on The View Joy Behar said. “So she’s gone for a while.”

As it turns out, Goldberg is busy filming the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel Anansi Boys. As we reported, Goldberg will play the character of the Bird Woman, the dangerous God of the Birds who’s looking to settle a score with the titular Anansi.

According to the character's description:

“She’s the embodiment of birds. Not just beautiful stately birds in flight. Anyone who’s had a close encounter with a seagull knows that some birds are more dangerous than others, and Bird Woman is the most dangerous of them all. Long ago Anansi did her wrong. Now may be her chance to turn the tables.”

“I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic,” Goldberg said in a prior statement.


As the official description states:

Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy (Malachi Kirby)—sometimes known as Fat Charlie (it was his father’s nickname for him; he’s not fat)—a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that he was Anansi: Trickster God of stories (Delroy Lindo). And he learns that he has a brother. Now that brother, Spider (also played by Kirby), is entering Charlie’s life, determined to make it more interesting—but making it a lot more dangerous instead.

Anansi Boys is currently in production in Scotland and is set to premiere on Amazon.