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Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington plays the titular role in ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq’.

Roman J. Israel, Esq is set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Academy Award winner Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defence attorney who possesses an encyclopaedic brain and a penchant for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. His simplistic life is upended when his mentor, a civil rights icon, dies.

When he is recruited to join a firm led by one of the legendary man's former students - the ambitious lawyer George Pierce (Golden Globe Award winner Colin Farrell) - and begins a friendship with a young champion of equal rights (Carmen Ejogo), a turbulent series of events ensue that will put the activism that has defined Roman's career to the test.

The film is written and directed by Academy Award nominee Dan Gilroy, who is known for films such as The Nightcrawler and Kong: Skull Island. Roman J. Israel, Esq is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama.