The project is an adaptation of the August Wilson stage play “Fences.” Washington played the lead role in the play during a 12-week Broadway run back in 2010, a performance which earned him a Tony award. “Fences” tells the story of Troy Maxon, a 53-year old trash collector from Pittsburgh who is haunted by his unfulfilled dream of becoming a baseball star. The role “reawakened me about my work, and my commitment to the work,” as Denzel told Empire, “The reason I did 'Fences' is that Scott Rudin sent me the script August Wilson wrote - the only one of his plays that he wrote as a screenplay - to act and direct. I really do want to direct [the film version]."
It’s been six years since “The Great Debaters” so hopefully Washington will be able to get started on “Fences” sooner rather than later. And hopefully he'll ring up his co-star on the stage, Viola Davis, to join him once again. In the meantime, Denzel is nominated for Best Actor this year for “Flight,” we’ll see if he can pick up his third statue on February 24th. [via HitFix]