Easily one of the best antagonists to ever grace the silver screen, Denzel Washington’s Academy Award-winning Detective Alonzo Harris is set to make a return in a prequel to the 2001 iconic crime thriller – Training Day.
Becoming an instant classic and grossing more than US$100 million worldwide, Training Day, which also stars Ethan Hawke, tells the story of L.A. cops who hold a cryptic moral compass when handling the streets that are actively gang-controlled – something that very well still occurs today.
Warner Bros. has enlisted screenwriter Nick Yarborough (A Letter To Rose Kennedy) to hone in on his pen to paper craft to flesh out the Training Day prequel that is set in late April 1992 Los Angeles, just two days prior to the Rodney King verdict which prompted the L.A. riots that followed. Although very little is known about the storyline, we do know that the film follows a young Alonzo that hasn’t actually met rookie detective Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) as of yet. That leaves us somewhat certain that Hoyt won’t be written in, giving us a greater look into our favourite corrupt cop.
With the prequel announced, fans have immediately asked the question you’re all thinking too – how and will Washington play a younger version of himself? Will it be another case of Will Smith’s Gemini Man?
Well, Warner Bros. is still in talks of finding the ideal Denzel Jnr., however, the perfect candidate could already be in the works. It makes sense for John David Washington, Denzel’s son, who is racking in a pretty impressive list of blockbuster roles for himself (starring as lead in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming spy thriller Tenet), to take up the role. With no official casting made as of yet, it would be a rather obvious and honourable choice for Washington’s son to take the reigns.
As the prequel is still in its very early stages, no director has been announced to append to the film. Training Day’s producer Bobby Neymyer sadly passed away in 2005, so a producer for the prequel is also yet to be pegged.
Without a storyline to even give us a guide on his character, we’d say young Harris will be just as formidable as his old self – maybe even better. As he famously quoted “King Kong ain’t got shit on me”, we can only hope we say the same about the prequel.