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Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Junior Join ‘Birth of a Nation’

Jackie Earle Haley and Mark Boone Junior (“Sons of Anarchy”) will star in Nate Parker’s historical drama “The Birth of a Nation,” based on the story of the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.

The film was first announced in November with Armie Hammer and Parker starring, with Parker also producing and directing from his own script. Shooting will begin soon in Savannah, Ga.

Prompted by religious visions, Turner and a band of about 70 rebel slaves killed between 55 and 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.

Haley will portray a slave patrol captain who takes pride in controlling the movements of the county’s slaves. Boone Jr. will play a crafty preacher.

Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Roger Guenveur Smith and Gabrielle Union are also starring.

The film is a Bron Studios, Phantom Four, Mandalay Pictures and Tiny Giant Productions picture, in association with Follow Through Productions, Infinity Entertainment, and Creative Wealth Media Finance. Producers are Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, and Preston Holmes.

Haley is represented by WME and Leslie Allan Rice Management.

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