First Trailer for Denzel Washington's "Fences" Is Powerful and Moving

Fences comes out on Christmas Day.

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Paramount today released the first trailer for Fences, a '50s-set film starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis that marks Washington's directorial debut.

It's an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning stage play by August Wilson of the same name. Washington and Davis are very familiar with the material, as they starred in the play and won Tony Awards for their performances (via Collider); they are reprising their roles for the movie version.

Fences tells the story of a former baseball player, Troy, who is now a trash collector. The overall story tackles race relations in America, but this trailer focuses more on Troy's family and the struggles that exist in their lives, between father and son and husband and wife. Washington and Davis give incredible performances in the trailer as Troy and Rose, so we're definitely eager to see how the full movie comes out.

Fences comes to theaters on December 25--Christmas Day. It also stars Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Willimason, and Saniyya Sidney.

Washington and Davis starred in the Fences stage play revival in 2010. For the original run, Darth Vader's James Earl Jones played Troy, while Mary Alice (The Oracle from The Matrix: Revolutions) portrayed Rose.

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