Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Nepo Crazy: Denzel Washington’s Other Son, Malcolm, to Direct “The Piano” Lesson Movie, His Film Debut


Someone has to explain this to me, slowly.

One of the highlights of the past Broadway season was La Tanya Richardson Jackson’s production of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson.” She directed it and it was superb. A plus. Everyone involved deserves Tony nominations.

“The Piano Lesson” starred John David Washington, Samuel Jackson, and Danielle Brooks in a most amazing performance, a stage turn for the ages.

So now comes word of the movie. LaTanya is out, and so is Brooks? Huh? Malcolm Washington, Denzel’s other son, will make his directorial debut. Another Danielle — Deadwyler, the star of “Till” — will take Brooks’s place. I really like Deadwyler, but she’s wrong for the part and the wrong Danielle, I’m afraid.

How do these things happen? It’s the mystery of Hollywood. I hope the Broadway production was taped for posterity. LaTanya did a great job. She should be back on Broadway again soon, I hope. She should have done the movie.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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