8/31/2017

Denzel Washington's 'Roman J. Israel Esq.' Sets TIFF World Premiere


The fall festival season is upon us, and with it many of the films we'll be talking about around Oscars time. With Venice already underway, and TIFF and Telluride coming up, expect a lot of anticipated world premieres. One that is definitely high on a lot of lists is Roman J. Israel Esq., a legal thriller from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy and some guy named Denzel Washington.

The film has been set to make its world premiere at TIFF, and with it comes the above image of Washington looking like a legal eagle. Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo co-star, but you can bet this is Washington's show.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

The film has been set to open on November 3rd, which I think makes it a prime candidate to appear locally at the Middleburg Film Festival next month. Fingers crossed.