Just in case you weren’t excited enough about “The Birth of a Nation,” Fox Searchlight’s new trailer will change all of that.
Nate Parker’s directorial debut, which depicts Nat Turner’s leadership of an armed slave insurrection in antebellum Virginia, made history of its own when Fox Searchlight purchased the film for $17.5 million at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It was the festival’s largest distribution deal ever.
The new trailer builds on themes from the previous teaser, setting Turner’s increasing disgust towards violent punishment of slaves to “Rise Up” by singer Andra Day. Parker, who also produced and co-wrote the historical drama, features as Turner alongside Aja Naomi King (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”) and Roger Guenveur Smith (“Chi-Raq”) in supporting roles.
Watch the trailer, then let us know what you think in the comments.