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Fox Searchlight Buys Nate Parker's Nat Turner Biopic, 'Birth of a Nation,' for $17.5 Million

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Written and directed by actor Nate Parker, Birth of A Nation is set in the antebellum South where literate slave and preacher Nat Turner (Nate Parker) devises a plan to lead his people to freedom. Co-starring Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, and Mark Boone Jr.
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Nate Parker's Nat Turner biopic is all the rage at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

After opening to critical acclaim,Variety reports that Fox Searchlight is currently finalizing a deal to buy the film for $17.5 million, which would make it one of the largest deals in the festival's history.

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The film details the moments of Turner's life that led to his leading a slave rebellion in 1831. Parker—who stars as Turner—wrote, directed, co-produced and used his own finances for Birth of a Nation. It took him a reported seven years to bring the film to fruition.

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The film co-stars How to Get Away with Murder actress Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley.

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