One of the more bankable Hollywood actors, Denzel Washington
has enjoyed relative success as a director. His previous directorial efforts include Antwone Fisher
and The Great Debaters.
Now six years have gone by without seeing his work behind the lens.
Washington has told Empire
during a recent interview that he feels the streak will come to an end soon because he’s eyeing the director’s chair for an adaptation of August Wilson
‘s play Fences
If you haven’t already spotted, Washington co-starred in the Broadway revival alongside Viola Davis
, and won the Best Actor Tony for his work in 2010.
He said of taking on the role:
It reawakened me about the work, and my commitment to the work,” he told Empire of taking on the role. “I said to myself: ‘I’ve got to dig deeper. 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).
I reckon there’s a fair chance he might star in the movie as well, given that he had roles in both Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters. Hopefully, Viola Davis will join him once again.
The two-time Oscar winner was recently nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Robert Zemeckis
and will next be seen opposite Mark Wahlberg
in the actioner 2 Guns