‘Birth of a Nation’ First Trailer Offers Powerful Look at Slavery (Video)
Sundance sensation set to debut in theaters Oct. 7
Joe Otterson | April 15, 2016 @ 10:13 AM
Last Updated: April 15, 2016 @ 10:44 AM
The first teaser for Nate Parker’s slave revolt drama “The Birth of a Nation” debuted on Friday.
The film, which won the Audience Award for a U.S. Drama and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, stars Parker as Nat Turner, who led a 48-hour slave rebellion against his white masters. Armie Hammer and Aja Naomi King co-star alongside Jackie Earle Haley and Jayson Warner Smith. Parker also produced, wrote and directed.
The trailer is set to the song Andra Day’s “Rise Up” and reportedly had everyone at CinemaCon in tears when it debuted earlier this week. The trailer also shows the most talked about scene at Sundance — a little while girl leading a little black girl around the yard by a leash made of rope.
Fox Searchlight closed a record-breaking deal to acquire worldwide rights to Nate Parker’s film for $17.5 million, as TheWrap reported in January.
“Usually, we learn about slavery through the context of endurance or resilience but never though resistance or determination,” Parker said at TheWrap’s interview studio at Sundance. “I was like, this guy is a hero. So often in our community, we don’t really have heroes unless they play basketball or play football. To have someone that had integrity, that fought for righteousness, that led something that he thought would create systemic change — the system was corrupt, the system was evil — I thought that was intriguing.”
“Birth of Nation” will debut in theaters for an awards-qualifying run on Oct. 7.