Native Son — Official Trailer


added: Thu, Mar 7th '19

Richard Wright's thought-provoking 1940 novel "Native Son" has been adapted into this equally thought-provoking HBO drama, offering a stark examination on the recent state of race relations in America.

Ashton Sanders, who played the bullied, closeted gay teen Chiron in the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight," appears to have delivered yet another solid performance in this contemporary adaptation of Wright's seminal novel, which was adapted for the screen by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog).

Here, Sanders stars as Bigger Thomas, a young African-American man from the south side of Chicago whose life takes a dramatic turn when he accepts a job as personal chauffeur for a wealthy businessman (Bill Camp, from HBO's "The Night Of"). After his boss's not-so-innocent daughter (Margaret Qualley, from HBO's "Leftovers") goes strangely missing, Bigger finds himself being eyed as a possible person of interest, which sends him into a state of fear and paranoia.

Co-starring Nick Robinson (Love, Simon), KiKi Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Sanaa Lathan (Nappily Ever After), Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland), and David Alan Grier (In Living Color), "Native Son" marks the feature directorial debut of Chicago-born artist and photographer Rashid Johnson, who is one of the leading figures in the contemporary African-American art movement, known as the Post-black art genre.

"Native Son," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, is scheduled to air on HBO beginning April 6th. Watch the official full-length trailer, above.

Based on the classic novel by Richard Wright, NATIVE SON tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp). As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power -- including a precarious relationship with Dalton's daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley) -- he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever.


directed by   Rashid Johnson

starring   Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley, Bill Camp, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Sanaa Lathan, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier

release date   April 6, 2019 (on HBO)

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