It’s been almost 3 months since Fox Searchlight paid a reported Sundance Film Festival record of $17.5 million for worldwide rights to the film which the specialty distributor has set an October 7, 2016 release date for, obviously placing it right in the middle of awards movie season – an indication of what their hopes are for the film.
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.
Joining Parker in front of the camera are Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. and others.
Without further ado, watch the first teaser trailer for “The Birth of a Nation” below: