Denzel Washington reunites with director Antoine Fuqua to play Carthaginian warrior Hannibal in a new Netflix action epic

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Published: 20:19 EST, 13 November 2023 | Updated: 20:22 EST, 13 November 2023

Denzel Washington is teaming up pinch head Antoine Fuqua for nan sixth clip pinch a caller action epic astir nan real-life ancient warrior Hannibal.

Washington, 68, who was spotted successful Portofino, Italy with his woman Pauletta successful precocious Septmber, earned his 2nd Oscar successful his first collaboration pinch Fuqua, 2001's Training Day.

He besides worked pinch Fuqua connected 2014's The Equalizer, 2016's The Magnificent Seven remake, 2018's The Equalizer 2 and this year's The Equalizer 3.

Now Washington and Fuqua are coming together again for Hannibal, pinch Washington playing nan commandant of Carthage forces during nan Second Punic War betwixt 183 and 181 BC, via Deadline. 

Fuqua will nonstop from a book by John Logan (Gladiator), pinch this task coming together 20 years aft Washington first wanted to play Hannibal, considered by galore historians to beryllium 1 of nan top subject minds of each time.

Denzel and Antoine: Denzel Washington is teaming up pinch head Antoine Fuqua for nan sixth clip pinch a caller action epic astir nan real-life ancient warrior Hannibal

First: Washington, 68, who was spotted successful Portofino, Italy pinch his woman Pauletta successful precocious Septmber, earned his 2nd Oscar successful his first collaboration pinch Fuqua, 2001's Training Day

Director: Fuqua will nonstop from a book by John Logan (Gladiator), pinch this task coming together 20 years aft Washington first wanted to play Hannibal, considered by galore historians to beryllium 1 of nan top subject minds of each time

Two decades earlier, Washington was eyeing this movie task erstwhile it was successful improvement astatine 20th Century Fox.

At nan time, Washington didn't want to beryllium distant from his 4 kids for an extended play of time, and didn't motion connected to nan movie.

Now nan task has recovered its measurement to Netflix, though it's presently unclear erstwhile accumulation whitethorn begin.

Hannibal Barca lead nan forces of Carthage (now known arsenic Tunisia) against nan Roman Republic during nan Second Punic War, pursuing successful nan footsteps of his begetter Hamilcar Barca, who lead nan country's forces successful nan First Punic War.

Hannibal pledged to his begetter to 'never beryllium a friend of Rome,' which he lived up to, attacking Saguntum successful 218 BC, sparking nan Second Punic War.

The awesome subject leader attacked Rome while riding atop a monolithic elephant, pinch his forces posing a monolithic threat to nan Roman empire. 

Vin Diesel was erstwhile eyeing a rival Hannibal task galore years earlier, arsenic nan subject leader has often intrigued galore successful Hollywood.

The movie will beryllium produced nether Fuqua's accumulation institution Hill District Media and its wide woody pinch Netflix.

Earlier: Two decades earlier, Washington was eyeing this movie task erstwhile it was successful improvement astatine 20th Century Fox

Netflix: Now nan task has recovered its measurement to Netflix, though it's presently unclear erstwhile accumulation whitethorn begin

Producing: Both Washington and Fuqua will nutrient nan epic alongside Erik Olsen and Adam Goldworm, pinch Jeremy Lott and Frank Rodriguez Moll executive producing

Both Washington and Fuqua will nutrient nan epic alongside Erik Olsen and Adam Goldworm, pinch Jeremy Lott and Frank Rodriguez Moll executive producing. 

Washington is getting backmost to activity connected nan highly-anticipated Gladiator 2, now that nan SAG-AFTRA onslaught has concluded.

Denzel will besides beryllium producing The Piano Lesson, an adjustment of nan 1987 August Wilson play, which his boy Malcolm is directing.

Fuqua and writer Logan are besides successful pre-production connected a Michael Jackson biopic simply titled Michael, though it's unclear erstwhile that will begin. 


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