Nate Parker wrote, directed and also stars in the film, “The Birth of a Nation,” playing Nat Turner.
Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom.
Joining Parker in front of the camera are Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. and more.
Fox Searchlight has set an October 7, 2016 release date for “Birth” which is a film that’s on my 2017 Oscar predictions list.
The studio has premiered a new featurette titled “Women of Rebellion,” which highlights the cast of women characters in the film and their contributions to Turner’s journey, in an effort to help contextualize his story. It also features a little footage not seen in the previously-released trailer.
Watch the short featurette below: