Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby are set to reprise their Broadway roles for the upcoming Denzel Washington-directed film adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning 1985 play “Fences” at Paramount Pictures.
The story examines race relations and follows a man, Troy (Washington), who dreamed of being a baseball great but ended up collecting trash.
Troy lives with his wife Rose (Viola Davis), son Cory (Jovan Adepo), and his younger brother Gabriel (Williamson), an ex-soldier whose war injury to his head has caused him psychological damage. Hornsby will again play Lyons, a musician and Troy’s son from a previous relationship.
Williamson and Hornsby co-starred with Washington and Davis in a recent Broadway revival of the play that ended up winning Tonys for the two leads. Scott Rudin and Todd Black are producing the film.
Washington is working with playwright Tony Kushner (“Angels In America,” “Lincoln”) on the film’s script with a 5-6 week shoot to kick off in Pittsburgh on April 22nd. The hope is to complete and release the film in time for this year’s awards season.