Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby have officially signed on to join the Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of August Wilson‘s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, FENCES. The two will reprise their roles they played in the Broadway revival.
Fences examines race relations and follows a man who dreamed of being a baseball great but ended up collecting trash. The original play was written in 1985 and starred James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, who both won Tony Awards for their roles. In 2010, the revival starred Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in the lead roles, which also earned them Tony Awards.
Like Williamson and Hornsby, Washington and Davis are set to return to their roles in the adaptation. Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sidney will also star. Emmy, Pulitzer and Tony-award winning writer Tony Kushner has been tapped to pen the script with Washington and Scott Rudin producing.
Williamson is best known for his role in Forrest Gump as Bubba. He had a recurring role in the FX drama Justified and most recently appeared in the series Underground. He can be seen next in The Purge: Election Year later this year. He is repped by Paradigm
Hornsby currently stars as Hank Griffin in the NBC fantasy series, Grimm. He also starred in the TV movie The Breaks. He is repped by ICM.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer