Full Trailer for Rashid Johnson's 'Native Son' Starring Ashton Sanders
by Alex Billington
March 8, 2019
"I make my move when I decide on what my move is gunna be." HBO has released the full-length trailer for Native Son, the feature directorial debut of artist Rashid Johnson. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as one of the opening night films, and was originally going to be released by A24. They sold it off to HBO just before the festival, and it premieres there in April. Adapted from the novel by Richard Wright, Native Son is about an African-American boy named Bigger Thomas living in Chicago. When he is hired to be a chauffeur for an affluent businessman, he enters the seductive world of money and power, and ends up learning a lot about the consequences of his choices. Ashton Sanders stars as Bigger, and the cast includes Margaret Qualley, Bill Camp, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Sanaa Lathan, Elizabeth Marvel, and David Alan Grier. This looks like a compelling, fascinating film, asking plenty of questions to think about.
Here's the full-length official trailer for Rashid Johnson's Native Son, direct from HBO's YouTube:
You can still watch the teaser trailer for Rashid Johnson's Native Son here, to see the original reveal.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Richard Wright, Native Son tells the story of Bigger (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for an affluent businessman named Will Dalton (Bill Camp). As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power -- including a precarious relationship with Dalton's daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley) -- he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever. Native Son is directed by American artist / filmmaker Rashid Johnson, making his feature directorial debut after a short film previously. The screenplay is written by Suzan-Lori Parks; adapted from Richard Wright's novel of the same name that was first published in 1940. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, as one of the opening night films. HBO will release Johnson's Native Son streaming starting on April 6th. Who's planning to see this?
This is looking terrific.
DAVIDPD on Mar 8, 2019
This looks really good, now I'm torn between reading the book before or after I see the movie
alex on Mar 8, 2019
Something new and good in this one ...
shiboleth on Mar 9, 2019
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