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Monday 26 January 2015

Washington to direct Fences film?

Denzel Washington would like to take the director's chair for a big screen version of Fences
Denzel Washington would like to take the director's chair for a big screen version of Fences

Denzel Washington has revealed he is interested in directing the Fences film.

The Oscar-nominated Flight star is eyeing up a stint in the director's chair for the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson's Broadway play, which he previously starred in with Viola Davis, reported Empire.

"I really do want to direct [the film version]," he told the magazine.

It would mark Denzel's first directorial project since 2007's The Great Debaters - he also directed Antwone Fisher in 2002, both of which he starred in. He did not mention if he would also star in the Fences film.

The two-time Oscar winner has revealed that starring in the play, in which he won the Tony award for best actor in 2010, "reawakened" him.

"It reawakened me about the work, and my commitment to the work," explained the 58-year-old.

"I said to myself: 'I've got to dig deeper. The reason I did Fences is that Scott Rudin sent me the script August Wilson wrote - the only one of his plays that he wrote as a screenplay - to act and direct."

The 50s-set drama focuses on a rubbish collector, who is haunted by his unfulfilled dream of becoming a baseball star.

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