Aja Naomi King (ABC/Todd Wawrychuk/ABC/CC BY-ND 2.0)
Nate Parker (Gordon Correll/Flickr/CC BY-S.A. 2.0)
Nate Parker stars in and directs the film based on Nat Turner’s slave rebellion. (Gordon Correll/Flickr/CC BY-S.A. 2.0)

B.G. Henne, A.V. CLUB


(A.V.  Club) —
Variety is reporting that How To Get Away With Murder’s Aja Naomi King has been cast opposite Armie Hammer in The Birth Of A Nation, which will chronicle Nat Turner’s brief-but-pivotal slave rebellion of 1831. Nate Parker, best known for his roles in Red Tails and last year’s Non-Stop, will star and direct from his own script.

King is joining other recent cast additions, including NCIS: Los Angeles’ Aunjanue Ellis, Selma’s Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry from 12 Years A Slave and Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Gabrielle Union, and veteran actor Roger Guenveur Smith.

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