For his third cinematic turn behind the camera as director, Denzel Washington chose some material he was intimately familiar with – August Wilson's Tony Award winning play Fences.
Wilson's play tackles the story of Troy Maxon (Washington), a Pittsburgh sanitation employee who once dreamed of a baseball career only to be left facing down daily discrimination in a more menial line of work, while grappling with his lost ambitions. Davis plays Troy's wife, Rose (Viola Davis).
Both actors won Tony Awards for their performances on stage, while the play took the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Revival. Troy is a role first made famous by James Earl Jones during Fences' original run in 1987. "It reawakened me about the work, and my commitment to the work," Washington told us about his own take. "I said to myself: 'I've got to dig deeper'. 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 this."
Fences will arrive in US cinemas on 25 December but there is no UK release date as yet.