Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington makes a transformation to play the titular role in 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington undergoes a striking transformation for his role as a savant lawyer who calls himself Roman J. Israel, Esq. in the film of the same name. Director Dan Gilroy ('Nightcrawler') admitted that he didn't flesh out the character fully in the screenplay but Washington took it upon himself to fully realize the character in the run-up to the production. In 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.', Washington's character, who has been helping a legal firm with his encyclopedic knowledge from a back room, emerges into the real world when his partner has a heart attack and is hospitalized. Under the tutelage of hotshot lawyer George Pierce (Colin Farrell), Roman begins to deal hands-on with criminal cases - specifically those concerning young people of color being imprisoned without trial. He also begins helping out at a social activism center run by Maya Alston (Carmen Ejogo). 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.' goes on release in the US on November 17.