Nate Parker’s slave-rebellion drama “The Birth of a Nation,” the most buzzed about film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, has scored an October 7th nationwide release date from its distributor Fox Searchlight.
That puts the film right in the heart of awards season. Parker wrote, directed and stars in the film about Nat Turner, an American-born slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history.
Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith and Gabrielle Union also star in the film which Fox ended up paying $17.5 million to secure the worldwide rights to at the festival – the largest sale in Sundance history to date.
That date has it opening against the Ben Affleck-led thriller “The Accountant,” the novel adaptation “The Girl on the Train” and the Channing Tatum-led “Gambit” film though that movie is expected to be pushed as it has yet to begin filming.