Poster Premiere for 'Fences' Film Adaptation Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
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Poster Premiere for 'Fences' Film Adaptation Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis


A film that’s on my list of potential Oscar nominees for 2017, Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” is, as expected, getting an awards-season release date, as Paramount, the studio behind the picture, has set an initial limited theatrical opening in New York and Los Angeles on December 16, followed by a nationwide roll-out on December 25, Christmas Day.

Keep in mind that this film adaptation of “Fences” isn’t part of the deal that Washington has with HBO, which will see him bring to the small screen, Wilson’s American Century Cycle series (minus “Fences”), which consists of 10 plays portraying the 20th century African American experience, from the early 1900s, just after slavery and the Civil War, to the 1990s.

Washington and Davis are reprising the roles they played in the Broadway revival of “Fences” 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).

Joining Washington and Viola Davis (as Troy and Rose Maxson) in front of the camera are: Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sidne.

MACRO, Bron Studios and Scott Rudin Productions are producers of “Fences,” which Paramount is distributing.

Paramount has released the film’s first poster which you can check out below, followed by the previously-released tense first trailer:


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