August Wilson Play Starring Denzel Washington to Film in Pittsburgh

“Fences” is the second of August Wilson's works to be turned into a film.

Another Hollywood star is coming to Pittsburgh to make a movie, and this time the film has deep Pittsburgh roots.

August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play “Fences” will be turned into a film for HBO. It will be directed by and star two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, who secured the rights to produce films from all 10 of Wilson's plays for the cable network.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome ‘Fences' to Pittsburgh, its rightful home,” Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We are so fortunate that August Wilson loved our area and look forward to an amazing project with local talented crew and vendors.”

Set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s, “Fences” recounts the struggles of Troy Maxson, a former baseball player whose race kept him out of the Major Leagues.

Washington won the Tony Award for Best Actor in his stage portrayal (video above) of Maxson in 2010. Viola Davis, who plans to be part of the film's cast, won Best Actress for her role as Maxson's wife. 

Pre-production work in Pittsburgh is expected to begin next week, the Trib reported.


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