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Oscar buzz around Fences has made it one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. With an all-star cast, the movie based on the original 1983 play by the late Pulitzer-Prize winning August Wilson is coming to theaters Christmas Day. 

Denzel Washington directs and stars in the film adaptation of 'Fences.' Paramount Pictures/YouTube

The Fences cast 

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Emmy Award-winning actress Viola Davis star in the film and received Golden Globe nominations for their performances. Washington plays Troy Maxson and Davis portrays his wife, Rose Maxson. 

Washington also directs the film, which is the first of 10 Wilson plays the actor announced he would be producing for HBO

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis portray Troy and Rose Maxson in 'Fences.' Paramount Pictures/YouTube

Prior to the film adaptation, Washington and Davis originated their roles in the play's 2010 revival. Davis has a history of working with the late Wilson, making her Broadway debut in 1996 as Vera in the playwright's Seven Guitars. She won her first Tony Award in 2001 for her role in King Hedley II, another Wilson play.

The cast also includes Stephen Henderson as Jim Bono. Maxson's four children are portrayed by Jovan Adepo, who plays Cory; Russell Hornsby, who plays Lyons; Mykelti Williamson, who plays Gabriel; and Saniyya Sidney, who plays Raynell.

Viola Davis in 'Fences' Paramount Pictures/YouTube


The movie is set in the 1950s and follows a family living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The protagonist, Troy Maxson, is a former Negro League baseball player who now works as a garbage collector. 

Throughout his life, Maxson faced racial discrimination and continues to grapple with those burdens as he raises his family. When his son, Cory, reveals he has athletic aspirations, Maxson tries to protect him from experiencing the same kind of backlash.

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From the looks of the trailer and the film's rave reviews by critics — particularly Davis' performance — it seems Fences may be one of those movies you shouldn't miss out on this holiday season. The movie is currently available in select theaters and is scheduled for wide release Dec. 25.

Natelegé Whaley
Culture Reporter