Fences is a hell of a play. No question about it. But how will it fare as Denzel Washington‘s latest directorial effort? Pretty damn well, if the first trailer is any indication. Washington’s take on the award-winning 1983 play stars Viola Davis and Washington himself as Rose and Troy Maxson, a married couple in 1950s Pittsburgh who share a son together, Cory (Jovan Adepo).
Both Washington and Davis bagged Tony awards back in 2010 for their performances in the stage version of Fences, August Wilson’s story of a retired baseball player struggling with the complexities of raising a family. In fact, Washington previously revealed that he wanted to helm a film version of Fences well before even thinking about starring in the critically revered play.
“[Fences] reawakened me about the work, and my commitment to the work,” Washington told Empire way back in 2013. “I said to myself: ‘I’ve got to dig deeper’. The reason I did Fences is that Scott Rudin sent me the script August Wilson wrote—the only one of his plays that he wrote as a screenplay—to act and direct. I really do want to direct this.”
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