Nate Parker’s anticipated film, The Birth of a Nation, hits theaters this weekend and with all the buzz surrounding the movie, we want to know: Will you go see it?
The movie is based on Nat Turner, who, according to Parker, was “a patriot that stood for the ideals that were written in this country.” Nate not only stars in the film as Turner, but the actor also directed, produced and wrote the period drama.
After its debut at Sundance, the movie garnered major buzz and became one of the most talked-about dramas at the movie festival. In fact, Fox Searchlight picked up the independent project for a whopping $17.5 million, making it the highest price paid for a film at Sundance.
But soon after the project’s praise and predicted award season chatter, the positive light was dimmed after reports re-surfaced of Parker’s accusal and acquittal of rape 17 years ago.
Why does Nate’s rape case matter? The Birth of a Nation also follows Gabrielle Union’s character, an unarmed slave who was raped — a storyline Union can personally relate to.
Twenty four years ago, the actress was raped at gunpoint in the back room of a Payless shoe store where she worked. But despite being a victim of rape, this is still a story she wanted to tell.
HipHollywood recently asked if the actress would have taken the role if she initially knew about Parker’s rape case; her response: “I hate hypotheticals, because a coulda, woulda, shoulda makes you look amazing. I could look like a saint on a coulda, woulda, shoulda, but that’s not the reality.”
She continued, “The reality is I didn’t know, and I took the film because it dealt with sexual violence, because my character was sexually assaulted, and I wanted to show the impact on the psyche and the family as a community of African Americans, and specifically with black women, nothing has changed.”
“I’ve been talking about this for 20 years,” she added of her work to help survivors of sexual violence. “I didn’t just start talking about it a month ago.”
Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight is also standing by Parker, releasing the following statement: “We also know that he was found innocent and cleared of all charges. We stand behind Nate and are proud to help bring this important and powerful story to the screen.”
The Birth of a Nation hits theaters October 7th. Will you support it?
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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