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Denzel returns to directing

Posted by: Ted Mann - Posted in Denzel Washington, Mount Vernon, Oprah Winfrey on Jun 27, 2007

AP/Louis Lanzano

Five points to anyone who can remember Washington’s directorial debut. (The answer is after the break.)

The pride of Mount Vernon is going to be taking the director’s seat again, this time to helm the Oprah Winfrey-produced flick, “The Great Debaters,” about a professor who, in 1935, led the first African American debate team at Wiley College Texas. The team went on to compete against Harvard in the national debating championship. As in his last directorial endeveaor (got it yet?), Washington will take on one of the leading roles alongside Forest Whitaker. According to IMDB, the movie is expected to come out in 2008.

The first Denzel-directed movie was 2002’s “Antwone Fisher.”

“Denzel Washington Latest Directing Stint Called History in the Making” [National Ledger]