Sony Pictures has released the trailer to writer-director Dan Gilroy’s legal thriller, “Roman Israel, Esq.,” starring Denzel Washington.
The film had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters on November 3.
Previously known as “Inner City,” the cast also includes Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Nazneen Contractor, Joseph David-Jones , DeRon Horton, Lynda Gravatt, Amanda Warren, Shelley Hennig, Hugo Armstrong, Sam Gilroy, Tony Plana, and Amari Cheatom.
Sony will distribute the film, which is being co-financed by Cross Creek, Lone Star Capital and Charles King’s Macro. Jennifer Fox is producing with Todd Black of Escape Artists and Brian Oliver of Cross Creek.
The story centers on an awkward, reclusive lawyer named Roman J. Israel (Washington), who has worked as a legal researcher in Los Angeles for decades. When his partner has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on the role of the firm’s frontman. He soon uncovers details about the crusading law firm’s history that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed, and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme action.
Farrell will play the slick, money-focused lawyer who recruits the researcher to his firm, while Ejogo plays one of the female leads, a worker at a civil rights organization.
Jones is cast as an impressionable young lawyer fresh out of grad school who helps Washington with cases. Contractor will play an assistant district attorney opposite Washington.