Gabrielle Union Joins Nate Parker for His Nat Turner Biopic

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Gabrielle Union will be joining Beyond the Lights star Nate Parker in the historical drama The Birth of a Nation, based on the story of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

Parker, who wrote the script for the film, will direct and also play the lead of Nat Turner. Along with Union, the current cast also includes How to Get Away With Murder star Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Roger Guenveur Smith, and Arnie Hammer will play the slave master.

“I couldn’t be more honored to tell the story of one of America’s greatest heroes,” said Parker. “A man whose actions rocked the nation, further precipitating the Civil War and emancipation for Americans of African descent. Nat Turner’s rebellion and message of resistance not only compels us to stand in the face of iniquity but also shines light on a critical moment in our history.”

The film was first announced in November and shooting will start in mid-May in Savannah, Ga.

The Birth of a Nation is debut to 2016 and will be produced by Bron Entertainment.

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