Fox Searchlight has released the first teaser trailer for the Grand Jury Prize winning film The Birth of a Nation. Nate Parker writes, produces, directs, and stars in the slavery drama! The up and coming actor famously fought for years to get this film made and even put up his life savings to get the film made. the film tells the true story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher who was used to "calm" other slaves in neighboring plantations with his sermons and eventually turned against his plantation owners leading to a bloody uprising.
The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, Aunjane Ellis, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Gabrielle Union. Check out the amazing trailer below and then sound off in the comments with your thoughts.
Here's the official synopsis:
"Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION 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. 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 set to hit theaters on October 7th.
SOURCE: FOX SEARCHLIGHT