Denzel Adjudicates The Debaters

Denzel Washington is currently in pre-production on “The Great Debaters,” an inspirational story that’ll mark his second directorial effort after 2002’s “Antwone Fisher” reports Production Weekly.

The period drama is based on the true story of Mel Tolson, considered one of the great African American poets and in the 1930’s a professor at the historically black Wiley College in Texas.

Washington will also play Tolson, who inspired his students to form the college’s first debating team, which went on to defeat Harvard in national championships.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence mid-May, with Columbus Short (“Stomp the Yard”) in negotiations to play one of Tolson’s students.