Denzel Washington has added two more cast members to his drama The Great Debaters. According to Variety, Jurnee Smollett and Denzel Whitaker will now be appearing in the film.

The project is Denzel Washington's second directorial effort. The period film will revolve around a East Texas debate team that challenged Harvard back in the 1930s. And won. There is no word on which characters Smollett and Whitaker will be playing.

Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte will be producing the film through their Harpo films production unit. Robert Elise wrote the screenplay, which is based on a true story.

The film does not yet have a start date.

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