Armie Hammer has joined the cast of historical drama “The Birth of a Nation,” based on the story of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.
The film will mark the directorial debut of Nate Parker, who also wrote the script and will star.
Producers are David S. Goyer and Kevin Turen of Phantom Four along with Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, Jason Michael Berman, Michael Finley, Manu Gargi and Ben Renzo.
Prompted by religious visions, Turner and a band of about 70 rebel slaves killed between 55 to 65 people in Virginia — the most ever killed in a slave uprising. The rebellion was stopped after two days, but Turner survived in hiding for more than two months.
Hammer starred in 2010′s” The Social Network” and 2011′s “J. Edgar.” He will be seen next year in the role of Illya Kuryakin in Warner Bros.’ “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and just wrapped production on “Mine,” a psychological thriller with Peter Safran producing.
Parker’s acting credits include “Non-Stop,” “Red Tails” and “The Great Debaters.”
Producers have opted to use the same title as the 1915 American silent drama film directed by D. W. Griffith, which covered the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. The film was controversial due to its portrayal of black men as unintelligent and the Ku Klux Klan as heroes.
Hammer is represented by WME and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern. Parker is repped by WME, Anonymous, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman.
The news was first reported by The Tracking Board.