By Martha Ugwu
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Oct. 1 – Paramount Pictures recently released a new teaser trailer for Denzel Washington’s latest directorial film, “Fences,” which is an adaptation of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by August Wilson.
The film stars Washington as Troy Maxson, who lives with his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), his son, Cory (Jovan Adepo), and his younger brother, Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson).
Both Washington and Davis previously co-starred in the Broadway revival of “Fences” in 2010, which earned 10 Tony Award nominations and won three for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor in a Play, and Best Actress in a Play.
Set in Pittsburgh during the 1950s, August Wilson’s play focuses on Troy Maxson, a once promising baseball player who now earns a living as a trash collector and his struggles as a patriarch and a man facing racial discrimination in the United States.
The trailer features a dramatic monologue delivered by Washington’s character to his son about the sacrifices he’s made in his life to support his family.
There is a lot a of Oscar buzz surrounding this film, as many are predicting its fate as a contender for Best Picture.
There are also early predictions that the film will bring nominations to its lead stars, particularly Viola Davis, who is a standout as Rose.
“Fences” opens in theaters on December 25, 2016.