Opening this weekend in theaters everywhere is The Birth of a Nation. The passion project of co-writer/director/producer/star Nate Parker is a historical drama chronicling the life of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher who was used to “pacify” other slaves in neighboring plantations via his sermons, and who subsequently led a bloody uprising that had reverberations throughout the country. The movie 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. For more on The Birth of a Nation watch the trailer and read Matt’s review.
Shortly after the film played at the Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive interview with Armie Hammer (who plays Nat Turner’s owner and childhood friend). He talked about what it was like on set filming such dramatic events, working with Nate Parker, how much he knew about Nat Turner’s story before getting involved in the project, and premiering Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire at TIFF. Check out the interview above and below is the official synopsis and some images and the poster.