In this brand new featurette for Fox Searchlight Picture’s forthcoming The Birth Nation, we learn more about the incredible cast charged with bringing the true story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion to the big screen.
Set against the American South thirty years prior to the outbreak of the Civil War and based on a true story, The Birth of a Nation follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King) and fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Director: Nate Parker
Writer(s): Nate Parker | Jean McGianni Celestin
Cast: Nate Parker, Chiké Okonkwo, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith, Gabrielle Union with Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley
UK release date: December 9th 2016
Read TBB’s Out of 100 review of Birth of a Nation here