The long-awaited trailer for awards contender “Fences” was released on Tuesday, September 27. Will the adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play bring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis back to the Oscars again? Watch it for the first time above and make your comments below.
Washington is already a two-time champ at the Academy Awards, winning as Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” (1989) and Best Actor for “Training Day” (2001) among his six career nominations. If this film is as good as its pedigree, he could be earning three more noms this year as its lead actor, director, and producer. “Fences” is his third directorial effort after “Antwone Fisher” (2002) and “The Great Debaters” (2007).
Davis was a nominee at the Oscars as Best Supporting Actress for “Doubt” (2008) and as Best Actress for “The Help” (2011). She won an Emmy Award last year for Best Drama Actress in “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Both Washington and Davis won Tony Awards in 2010 for the stage version of the August Wilson play. He plays Troy Maxson, a former Negro league baseball player in 1950s Pittsburgh who struggles to make ends meet for his family. She plays his wife Rose Maxson. Other film stars include Jovan Adepo, Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Saniyya Sidney, and Mykelti Williamson.
Playwright Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play in 1987 for the original production. James Earl Jones won for his lead performance, but Mary Alice was a featured actress (unlike Davis as lead) and also a Tony winner. The 2010 version won as Best Revival of a Play.
Paramount has slated a limited release for December 16 followed by a nationwide roll-out on December 25. In addition to Washington, the movie is also produced by Todd Black and EGOT champ Scott Rudin (who won his Oscar for producing 2007 Best Picture winner “No Country for Old Men”).
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