Washington’s back in awards mix with ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

BY GLENN WHIPP
LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS

Remember the Oscar that Denzel Washington almost won earlier this year for “Fences”?

Denzel Washington stars in the film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
(TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)

It looks as if he’s going to have a prime opportunity for another chance to earn that third Academy Award this season.

Washington’s latest movie, a legal thriller titled “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” will premiere in a choice slot at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, Sony Pictures has announced.

Sept. 10 screening
The film, written and directed by Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”), will have its first screening on Sept. 10 at the Ryerson Theatre.

Washington plays the title character, who, per the studio’s synopsis, is 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 Israel’s partner in the firm, a man hiding disturbing secrets that, when exposed, start the whole “turbulent series of events” scenario.

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