Sony’s upcoming legal thriller starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell has got itself a new title. Once known as Inner City, that was eventually dropped and it’s remained nameless until now … and it literally has a name for a title.
The film is directed and written by Dan Gilroy, who was also responsible for the widely-acclaimed Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. That film dealt with the seedy underbelly of crime journalism to great affect. Gilroy’s latest project concerns an idealistic defense attorney with strong morals, who is dedicated to helping those who are socially oppressed. He’s offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner, but he then takes on a case that has life-altering repercussions. Washington had been circling the lead role since August 2016 until the casting was formally announced. After Sony signed for the rights and the film was given funding by a Chinese source, all that was left was a release date and a confirmed title.
It was reported by THR today that the film is now officially called Roman Israel, Esq. which is obviously the name of Washington’s character and emphasises the fact that the plot will focus almost entirely upon him. The movie has just wrapped principal photography, but still does not have a release date. It’s rumored that the studio is looking at a fourth-quarter release, as they have plenty of confidence in Washington’s performance and his box-office draw, and that would position the actor for awards consideration.
The cast also includes Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant). As the plot takes place in the 1970s, several shots recently appeared on social media with Washington rocking a new look, sporting some serious thick-rimmed glasses, a jazzy oversized shirt and a time-period-appropriate hairdo. Whatever his fashion sense, the combination of Washington and Gilroy, along with the intriguing synopsis does point towards another drama that could be comparable to the unsettling Nightcrawler. In all honesty, we’re not 100% convinced about that title, but everything else is very encouraging.
With the film now in post-production, Gilroy’s next project will apparently re-unite the leads from Nightcrawler in an as-yet-untitled movie. It should star Gyllenhaal again and Rene Russo, and will apparently be “set in the art world”, although further details are yet to be finalised and confirmed. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing Washington in his new role, and will keep you up to date with the release date of Roman Israel, Esq. as it becomes available.
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