Denzel Washington appears to be channeling Princeton professor Cornell West in Roman J. Israel, Esq, the new thriller from Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy.
The trailer is unusual. It’s breezy all the way through, but it clearly hints at some thriller elements. Colin Farrell shows up as a mystery lawyer who brings Washington into his law firm. Check it out:
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.
Roman J. Israel, Esq is going to get a big awards season push, especially for Denzel Washington who’s angling for his ninth nomination. Gilroy has skins on the wall, having directed Nightcrawler and written the screenplay for Michael Clayton, the best legal thriller of the 21st century.
Aside from Washington and Farrell, Roman J. Israel, Esq (this is a bear of a title, by the way) stars Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt, Amanda Warren, Hugo Armstrong, Sam Gilroy, Tony Plana, DeRon Horton and Amari Cheatom. It will be here November 3.