The first photos from the Denzel Washington-directed “Fences” have premiered over at THR. What looks to be a potential awards contender, the film is not only helmed by but also stars Washington and Viola Davis reprising their award-winning roles from the 2010 Broadway production.
Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer and Tony winning 1983 play, the story is set and shot in the historical African-American part of Pittsburgh where Wilson grew up and the film will use a script Wilson penned for a film adaptation before his death in 2005.
Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Stephen McKinley Henderson also reprise their roles from the 2010 stage production in the film which Washington, Scott Rudin and Todd Black are producing. It is currently slated to open at Christmas.