Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are standing in the same spot in the very first trailer for Fences, Washington’s latest directorial effort.
Based on the play by August Wilson, a revival of which Washington and Davis starred in six years ago, Fences tells the story of a retired baseball player and his family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney all costar in the film, which has a Christmas Day release date.
“If there’s 25,000 words in the play, we’re using them all, but I framed it — they use the word ‘opened it up’ but I don’t even like to use that word; it was an organic process where scenes could take place,” Washington said about Fences in a recent SiriusXM Town Hall interview. “In the play, they all take place in the backyard. So they don’t all take place in the backyard [in the film].”
The powerful first trailer takes place in the backyard, featuring a conversation between Troy (Washington) and his son (Adepo) about parental responsibility when it comes to love and support. The teaser ends with an intense tête-à-tête between Troy and his wife Rose (Davis).
“It’s not easy for me to admit I’ve been standing in the same place for 18 years,” Troy says.
“Well I’ve been standing with you. I gave 18 years of my life to stand in the same spot as you,” replies Rose.
Watch the trailer below.