A List of People Who Could Maybe, Perhaps, Potentially, Be ‘the Next Denzel Washington’

Spoiler Alert: Hate to break it to you folks, but to quote Keith Sweat: the answer is ‘Nobody.’

Denzel Washington attends the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images)

OK, OK. So, I know I promised you a list—and you will get one! But before I supply you with it, let me first start off by saying: Happy Birthday, Denzel! Now that that’s outta the way, let’s just cut right to the chase: There is quite literally no other Black actor out right now that could be the next D—

Damson Idris!


Oh, sorry. I meant “Dancin Address!”

Riiiight. Snowfall, Outside the Wire, Farming. Easy on the eyes, nice smile, amazing ability to swap back and forth between his English accent and embody a role. Plus he can do a pretty good Denzel impression. I can see why you would say him. But let’s be completely transparent here: Damson is not the next D—

Daniel Kaluuya! 

OK, another great selection. He’s charismatic, has a range out of this world, and also possesses the ability to shift back and forth between his British and American accent pretty flawlessly. Judas & The Black Messiah was hauntingly good and I could say the same for Get Out—but for an entirely different reason. He was also terrifying in Widows. Hmm. You may be onto something here but I just don’t know if Daniel could really be the next D—

Donald Glover!

……You’re just calling out actors whose names start with a “D” now, aren’t you?


Love Atlanta but, no. Will you stop interrupting and let me just say what I need to say? There is no ‘next D—’

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