Viola Davis And Denzel Washington Will Give You All The Feels In The New 'Fences' Trailer

September 27, 2016

Put Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and one of America's greatest playwrights together, and you're asking for big-screen magic. Washington and Davis' latest project is a film adaption of "Fences," a play by the renowned August Wilson. 

Paramount Pictures debuted the trailer for the "Fences" film on Tuesday, instantly giving rise to talk of Oscar nominations. "Fences" chronicles an African-American father's struggle to make sense of his life and raise his family in the context of 1950s United States race relations. Troy (Washington) and Rose Maxson (Davis) grapple with what and how to teach their son Cory (Jovan Adepo) about life, love and family. In the trailer, we get treated to a taste of an incredibly emotional scene where Troy explains to his son what it means to provide for family, and Rose asserts her value and commitment to her husband and son.



Wilson's play won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 and swept the Tony Awards that same year. Davis and Washington starred in the 2010 revival of the play, and now they're taking their performances to a movie theater near you.

Before his death in 2005, Wilson expressed it was important to him that a black filmmaker take charge of the play's adaptation, which is partly what makes it so special that in addition to acting, Washington is also directing "Fences." Washington told Entertainment Weekly he sees Wilson as one of the "top five writers in the history of American theater."

The film comes to theaters on Christmas Day.