Jeffrey Wright Teaming Up With Denzel Washington on Spike Lee Thriller ‘High and Low’

Jeffrey Wright and Denzel Washington (Credit: Deposit Photos)

Jeffrey Wright is joining the cast of Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of the film, High and Low.

Wright will star alongside Denzel Washington in the project, which is described as a “reimagining” of a 1963 crime thriller from late Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, Variety reported Tuesday.

Kurosawa’s version followed a shoe company exec who landed at the center of an extortion plot when his chauffeur’s son was kidnapped by mistake and held for ransom.

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Lee is co-writing the script for the English-language remake with Alan Fox. The movie is already in production, with filming expected to begin later this month.

The Apple Original Films project also stars Ilfenesh Hadera (Godfather of Harlem).

Producers include Todd Black (The Equalizer films) for Escape Artists and Jason Michael Berman (Air) for Mandalay Pictures. In addition to directing, Lee will executive produce through his 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks.

High and Low will be released in theaters by A24 before it streams on Apple TV+.

Wright and Washington previously worked together on Jonathan Demme’s 2004 film, The Manchurian Candidate, which was a remake of the 1962 film by the same name. The drama centered on soldiers were kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.

Fresh off an Oscar-nominated turn as struggling author Thelonious “Monk” Ellison in American Fiction, Wright has several other films in the works.

The Washington, D.C. native is set to return to The Batman franchise in The Batman Part II, alongside Robert Pattinson and Andy Serkis.

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