HBO Films has announced that “Native Son,” the first film from renowned visual artist Rashid Johnson, will premiere on the network on Saturday April 6th. In addition, they’ve released the film’s first trailer.
Scoring its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival, the project was setup at A24 who then came to a deal with HBO Films for the property. HBO is expected to line this up as their big awards play for the year much like “The Tale” was last year.
An adaptation of Richard Wright‘s 1940 novel and penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, the film stars “Moonlight” actor Ashton Sanders as Bigger Thomas, a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp).
As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power – including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley) – he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever.
Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier, and Sanaa Lathan co-star in the film.