Get your first look at Viola Davis and Denzel Washington’s Oscar contender Fences

Set amongst the racial strains of 1950’s Pennsylvania, Fences is making its big screen transition at a time most relevant.

The play by August Wilson won both Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Tony Awards back in 2010 and will make it’s cinematic premiere with Washington in the director’s chair. The play almost became a film back in 1990 until Wilson decided against a non-black director leading the project.

A film already being touted as an Academy Awards Best Picture nominee, Fences will follow Troy (Washington), a once-talented baseball player who was turned down by Major League Baseball based on his race. Now working as a rubbish collector, he prevents his son Cory from taking up an offer of a college football scholarship in fear Cory will be similarly mistreated.

The first trailer has finally reached the net and features a high-tension scene between father and son.

Fences will open January 26th.

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