Now that fall is officially here, that means studios will begin to roll out their Oscar-worthy films. Paramount has released the first trailer for Fences, Denzel Washington‘s latest directorial effort, which is an adaptation of August Wilson‘s award-winning play of the same name.
Set in the 1950s, the film centers on Troy Maxson (Washington) a former major league baseball player turned garbage truck driver who now struggles to provide for his family. Viola Davis also stars as Troy’s wife, Rose. Check out the full trailer below.
The brief teaser shows us the family dynamic as a Cory, Troy’s son, looks to get his father’s approval, while his Troy battles with his own inner demons. Bitter with the stillness in his life, his resentful attitude soon begins to bleed onto his family. That bitterness is something that Rose will not tolerate as she is clearly not afraid to speak out against it. But the film looks to be much more than the struggles of one family, as the play also examines race relations of the 1950s and how it will have an effect on the world today.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Washington and Davis have appeared in Fences. Back in 2010, the two starred in the first Broadway revival of the play in 2010, where they played the same characters they play in the film. Nominated for ten Tony Awards, Washington and Davis both won awards in their respective categories. Based on the trailer alone, it is easy to see why the film is already positioning itself to win some Oscars. The two look to deliver very strong performances.
Here’s the brief official plot synopsis:
FENCES is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black and Scott Rudin.
Fences also stars Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. It opens in theaters on December 25, 2016.