The First ‘Fences’ Trailer Is Here


The highly-anticipated trailer for the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play, Fences, is here, and it’s powerful.

The film stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, who both won Tony Awards when they starred in the Broadway revival of the play back in 2010. It also marks Washington’s third time as a director.

Set in the 1950s, Fences follows Troy, a former professional baseball player who struggles to provide for his family. When his son Cory tells his parents about a potential college football scholarship, Cory and Troy fall out because the father doesn’t want his son to face harsh discrimination like he felt playing baseball. The play, which was first released in 1987, earned Wilson a Pulitzer Prize.

In the trailer, Washington delivers one of the play’s most stirring monologues about why Troy doesn’t doesn’t have to like his son, but rather provide for his family. As usual, the actor delivers the lines with adept precision and feeling.

In addition to Washington and Davis, Fences stars Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney.

With such a dynamic and talented cast, Fences is already in the awards conversation and could score an Oscar nomination for Davis, Washington, or the film.

Take a look at the trailer.

Fences opens nationwide on December 25.