In Roman J. Israel, Esq, Denzel plays Lawyer Denzel (see also Philadelphia, Ricochet), an attorney who has been working all his life to help pitiful motherfuckers rise up out of poverty, but ain’t a goddamn one of them grateful. After his partner dies, Lawyer Denzel decides to fuck this social justice shit, it’s time get paid, so he joins a high-powered law firm and gets him a fat paycheck.
The new gig pays for a sweet Denzel pad, but Denzel is all like, “Shit. Why am I lining my pockets with these rich fools’ money? All these old white sons of bitches are crooks. I got to get back to what I do best: Saving the world’s bony little ass.”
And then some people shoot at him or something and then Denzel probably puts them in a grave with a monologue so righteous and powerful that it wipes out a city block. Shut up and watch the trailer.
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), Roman J. Israel, Esq opens in November. Denzel’s Oscar nomination arrives in January.