Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington to headline Netflix film 'The Piano Lesson'

The film is a screen adaptation of August Wilson's 1987 play

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Published: Fri 14 Apr 2023, 12:20 PM

Last updated: Fri 14 Apr 2023, 12:29 PM

Veteran actor Samuel L Jackson and Tenet star John David Washington are set to lead Netflix film The Piano Lesson, to be directed by Malcolm Washington.

According to Variety, The Piano Lesson is an on screen adaptation of August Wilson’s 1987 play of the same name.


Jackson and Washington will be reprising their roles from the highly successful Broadway revival of the play, which recently ended its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression, The Piano Lesson follows the lives of the Charles family, a household led by Doaker Charles (Jackson), and an heirloom, the family piano, which is decorated with designs carved by an enslaved ancestor. Washington plays Boy Willie, Doaker’s nephew, a role Jackson originated in the 1987 production.


The cast also feature actors Ray Fisher, Danielle Deadwyler, Michael Potts and Corey Hawkins.

Fisher and Potts starred alongside Jackson and Washington in the stage production, directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

The Piano Lesson is being produced by Denzel Washington and Todd Black.


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