Nate Parker to Direct Historical biopic on Nat Turner

“Using my platform as an actor to do these types of powerful movies is what I do,” says Parker.

Nate Parker

The actor, activist and filmmaker Nate Parker will direct a historical film on Nat Turner, a slave who led a slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831. Turner is widely regarded as one of the most complex figures in American history as his slave revolt was one of the bloodiest in history.

In addition to directing the movie, Parker also wrote and is set to star in the film. The Norfolk native and former computer programmer who stumbled into acting has had a remarkable career.  He was specially selected by Denzel Washington for the role of Henry Lowe in “The Great Debaters,” a movie that snagged him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor and has since starred in several films including “Pride,” “Red Tails” and “Beyond the Lights.”

Parker is an actor who gravitates towards iconic roles and projects with strong positives messages and makes no qualms about his interest in portraying progressive and historical characters.

“Using my platform as an actor to do these types of powerful movies is what I do. Being a person of color, the activism has to be a part of my very platform. There is no other way,” says Parker.

Titled “The Birth of a Nation,” the film is set to begin filming as early as next month. Parker will play Turner. Other cast members include Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Aunjanue Ellis and Roger Guenveur Smith.

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