Denzel Washington Assembles Cast for FENCES Adaptation

Denzel Washington (‘The Equalizer,’ ‘The Magnificent Seven’) is stepping behind the camera to direct a feature adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play ‘Fences,’ with much of the stage cast reprises their roles.

Written in 1985, ‘Fences’ takes place in Pittsburgh and focuses on Troy (played by Washington), an African American father as he struggles with race relations while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life.

Production is scheduled to commence April 22nd, with Viola Davis (‘Suicide Squad’), Mykelti Williamson (‘Justified’), Russell Hornsby (‘Grimm’), Jovan Adepo (‘The Leftovers’), Saniyya Sidney (‘Roots’) co-starring.

‘Fences’ marks Washington’s third directorial effort, following ‘Antwone Fisher’ and ‘The Great Debaters.’