See it Now: Trailer for Filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Fences”

Directed and starring Denzel Washington, the first big screen treatment of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.

 

The first trailer for “Fences” was released Tuesday, and it's bound to add to the Oscar buzz surrounding the film adaption of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 

“Fences,” which was filmed in Pittsburgh’s West End and Hill District (where Wilson grew up), follows the story of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball player — who played before African-Americans were allowed in Major League Baseball — now working as a city garbage collector.

Maxson struggles with the hardships of racial tensions, his morality and keeping his family together in a progressively changing world.

Denzel Washington, who also directs, and Viola Davis star in the film. Both won Tony Awards in 2010 for their roles in the show's Broadway revival. In addition to the Pulitzer, “Fences” earned Wilson a Tony Award for best play in 1987 and another in 2010 for best revival of a play.

The film is scheduled to debut Dec. 16 in New York and Los Angeles followed by a worldwide release on Christmas Day. 

 

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