Denzel Washington stars as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action. Colin Farrell costars as the monied, cutthroat lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.
This is the second film from director Dan Gilroy, who helmed the critically-acclaimed drama Nightcrawler - the film that earned Jake Gyllenhaal much praise in 2014. Roman J. Israel, Esq. is based on Gilroy's original screenplay (initially titled Inner City) and is hoping to garner similar results to Nightcrawler. The film premiered on the festival circuit before its theatrical premiere, and feedback from those screenings was taking into consideration during substantial re-edits. Gilroy wanted to show the early cut before locking final picture so he knew what to change.
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