Must Watch: First Trailer for Nate Parker's Film 'The Birth of a Nation'
"Brethren - I pray you sing a new song." Fox Searchlight has debuted the first trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, the film about a slave uprising in Virginia in 1831 that won the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year (read my glowing review). This is the film that earned rave reviews and heaps of praise for Nate Parker, who stars as Nat Turner, and also wrote/directed/produced the film. The feature cast includes Aunjanue Ellis, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Junior, Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King. The song in the beginning is wonderful, I just wanted it to play for the rest of the trailer. I highly recommend taking a look.
Here's the first official trailer for Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, direct from YouTube:
Set against the antebellum South, 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 and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. The Birth of a Nation is both written & directed by Nate Parker, making his feature directorial debut, who also produced and stars in the film. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize - read my interview with Nate. After acquiring it during the fest, Fox Searchlight is opening The Birth of a Nation in theaters starting October 7th this fall. You don't want to miss this one.