Denzel Washington, Viola Davis Starring in ‘Fences’ Movie

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Denzel Washington will star in and direct a movie version of August Wilson’s “Fences” for Paramount Pictures with Viola Davis on board to star.

Both actors won Tony’s for their performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of “Fences,” which was first performed in 1985. Bron Creative and Macro are producing the movie with Washington, based on  Wilson’s screen adaptation of his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Scott Rudin and Todd Black are producing with Washington. Executive producers are Eli Bush; Bron Creative’s Aaron L. Gilbert; Jason Cloth; Andy Pollack; Molly Allen (“The Great Debaters”); Macro’s Charles D. King and Kim Roth along with co-executive producer Poppy Hanks.

Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, “This important and beloved play has been a passion of Denzel’s for many years and it is with great excitement that we embark together to bring his dream project to the big screen.”

“Fences” is the story of a one-time promising baseball player, now working as a Pittsburgh garbage collector, and the complicated relationships with his wife, son, and friends. The film’s ensemble cast includes Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sydney.

“Fences” is Washington’s third outing behind the camera following “The Great Deabaters” and “Antwone Fisher.” Paramount and Washington last collaborated in 2012 on “Flight,” in which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

“Fences,” co-financed by Bron Studios, Macro and Paramount Pictures, will begin shooting in late April in Pittsburgh.


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  1. Margie says:

    I will be at the theater before it opens! This will be the best Christmas present I have given myself in ages!

  2. spocksgirl says:

    I CANNOT WAIT!!! :)

  3. Darryl Hall, MD says:

    Congratulations to Denzel staring in and directing August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Fences. I am honored to have been born and raised in the house where the movie is being filmed. Also, I am the youngest son of Sellers Hall pitcher and cofounder of the Homestead Grays.
    Greatfully yours, Darryl Hall , MD

  4. JE says:

    Yes!!!!! This will be outstanding!

  5. Jimmy Woodard says:

    Hey Dave McNary, don’t forget to tag a link to the MACRO page Variety has already put together!

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