The Birth of a Nation is a movie that won't hit the big screen here in the UK until January of next year, but it is a movie that is already being tipped as an Oscar contender.

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

Yes, it is only July be we are already starting to look ahead at the movies that could be in the Best Picture Oscar mix next year... and The Birth of a Nation could potentially be one of them.

The Birth of a Nation tells the true story of Nat Turner, the slave who led a rebellion in Virginia back in 1831. Nate Parker is set to take on the central role in the film and you can see him in action in this great new trailer:

Not only is Parker on the cast list, he has penned the screenplay and will be in the director's chair; this will be the feature film debut for the actor turned filmmaker.

As an actor, we have seen Parker appear in movies such as Non-Stop, Red Tails, and The Secret Life of Bees, but this will be the biggest film role of his acting career to date.

The actor/director has brought together a great cast as Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union are also set to star.

Set against the antebellum South, The Birth Of A Nation follows Nat Turner (Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves.

As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

The Birth of a Nation is promising to be an evocative and powerful film and looks set to be one of the early must-see films of 2017.

The Birth of a Nation is released 20th January 2017.

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