After earning critical acclaim for their work on Broadway’s “Fences,” Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby will reprise those roles in Paramount’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play.
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are already set to return to the roles that earned them Tony nominations, with Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sidney also joining the cast.
Scott Rudin and Todd Black are producing with Washington for Paramount Pictures.
Written in 1985, “Fences” examines race relations and follows a man, Troy, who dreamed of becoming a baseball great, but ended up collecting trash. Troy lives with his wife, son Cory, and younger brother Gabriel — an ex-soldier who suffered an injury to the head that caused him psychological damage.
Tony Kushner is polishing Wilson’s script. Production starts this month.
Williamson, who is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Frontline Management, can be seen next in “Purge: Election Year” and was also seen in “The Thrill is On.” Hornsby, who stars on NBC’s “Grimm,” is repped by ICM Partners, Cohn/Torgan Management and Hansen Jacobson.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.