Denzel Washington’s Legal Thriller Retitled “Roman Israel, Esq.”

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Denzel Washington’s Legal Thriller Retitled “Roman Israel, Esq.”
Posted by Wilson Morales

June 23, 2017

Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Joseph David-Jones, Amanda Warren and Nazneen Contractor

Previously known as “Inner City,” writer-director Dan Gilroy’s legal thriller, starring Denzel Washington, has been renamed “Roman Israel, Esq.”

Having just wrapped production in Los Angeles, the cast also includes Colin Farrell, Joseph David-Jones, Carmen Ejogo, Amanda Warren and Nazneen Contractor. 

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 Jones would play an impressionable young lawyer fresh out of grad school who helps Washington with cases. Contractor will play an assistant district attorney opposite Washington.



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