Viola Davis and Denzel Washington on the last day of filming "Fences" A film that's on my list of potential Oscar nominees for 2017, Denzel Washington's adaptation of August Wilson's "Fences," which Washington and Viola Davis will star in, has apparently wrapped filming as Davis' below tweet, posted earlier today, states! It all seemed to happen so fast; but a late 2016 release is eyed, so I suppose filming needed to get done early, to give the project the time it needs in post-production. Paramount, the studio, fast-tracked the project into production in order to get it ready for a fall 2016 theatrical release, in time for Academy Awards consideration. Although no specific release date has been announced yet. Washington and Davis are reprising the roles they played in the Broadway revival that was directed by Kenny Leon, both giving strong performances that would earn them the highest honor in the theatre world, the Tony Award for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Play. Could they be in contention for similar honors (Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Awards) in 2017? First, they'll have to be nominated of course. And there's certainly a possibility of that happening given the talent in front of and behind the screen (including the man who created the source material, the late August Wilson).
Denzel...you are a great director. Great actor and great man!!! #Fences....see you on the big screen!!!! pic.twitter.com/fTQnjJMN09 — Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 14, 2016