Denzel Washington Makes Being Blue Collar Look Good In 'Fences' First Look
It’s no secret that one of our greatest living actors doing it, Denzel Washington, is an August Wilson stan. The two-time Academy Award winner has starred in the stage production of the late playwright’s back in 2010, and now, he’s directing a script written by Wilson himself. Fences, a challenging story about a sanitation worker (Washington) frustrated about never getting a shot at playing baseball at the pro level, marks Denzel’s third directorial effort. Joining him in bringing this drama to the screen are Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley and Russell Hornsby, and thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we have our first look at what to expect.
Fences is already bringing in high expectations, as the cast, who mostly performed with Denzel for the Broadway play in 2010, are heavy-hitters who can definitely bring emotional weight and gravitas to their roles. Washington, as a director (he helmed Antwone Fisher + The Great Debaters) is strongest when helming projects he has a personal vesting in, and Fences is a labor of love. The Brooklyn native already plans on bringing 10 of August Wilson’s plays to HBO with the help of Tony Kushner (Angels in America), yet the awards hype is squarely focused on Fences.
For those unaware about August Wilson, the Pittsburgh playwright wrote many of his plays about growing up in his hometown. Denzel and him had a great relationship, which the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League award with a Tony for Best Revival of a Play in 2010. Washington made sure to shoot the film in Pittsburgh to maintain the authenticity of the production and honor August Wilson’s legacy. This is another great role to follow Denzel’s recent action adventures with the upcoming The Magnificent Seven remake.
Below, you can check out the first look at August Wilson’s Fences:
Fences hits theaters on December 16.