Ava DuVernay’s latest masterpiece, an adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” teases an emotional narrative with compelling performances by Jon Bernthal and Niecy Nash-Betts. The preview image portrays a poignant scene with characters engaged in an embrace within a desolate landscape, suggesting a profound storyline. The ensemble cast also boasts Nick Offerman, Vera Farmiga, and Connie Nielsen, with the film slated for its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
First revealed in 2020, information regarding Emmy and BAFTA laureate Ava DuVernay’s newest high-profile project has been gradually emerging. The director, known for the impactful Netflix documentary 13th and the four-part series, When They See Us, is now turning her attention to Isabel Wilkerson’s 2020 New York Times bestselling non-fiction, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Today, viewers get a sneak peek at one of the main characters in Origin, portrayed by Emmy nominee Jon Bernthal (The Bear).
The released image captures two characters sharing a deep emotional moment. The actors’ expressions and the bleak background further intensify the heart-wrenching scene, with the bare trees and the characters’ attire suggesting a harsh winter season. While the identities of the characters and their relationship remain undisclosed, the image assures another unforgettable performance from Bernthal in Origin.
In her book, Wilkerson unpacks the US caste system, a dysfunctional structure shaped by racism and social hierarchy, which arbitrarily includes and excludes individuals. As a journalist, she cited parallels from history including the caste systems in India and Nazi Germany. DuVernay, who also wrote the screenplay, is approaching the narrative from a dramatic angle, and it is unclear how she will adapt the story for cinema.
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Who Else Stars in Origin?
The cast of the film extends beyond Bernthal to include other renowned names. Featured are Critics’ Choice Award winner, Niecy Nash-Betts (Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story), Nick Offerman (The Last of Us, Parks and Recreation), Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring series), Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton), Myles Frost (MJ the Musical), Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House, You), Leonardo Nam (Westworld), Audra McDonald (The Good Fight), Donna Mills (Nope), Blair Underwood (L.A. Law), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story), Mieke Schymura, Isha Blaaker, and Emily Yancy.
At present, Origin hasn’t announced its release schedule, but it is scheduled for its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September. Take a look at the first glimpse of Bernthal below.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Origin Film Premiere
What is the film ‘Origin’ about?
‘Origin’ is a film adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” directed by Ava DuVernay. It delves into the US caste system, exploring the impact of racism and hierarchy on society.
Who stars in ‘Origin’?
The film features an impressive cast, including Jon Bernthal, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nick Offerman, Vera Farmiga, Connie Nielsen, and more talented actors.
When was the film ‘Origin’ first announced?
The film was initially announced in 2020, and since then, details have been gradually released about the project.
When and where will ‘Origin’ premiere?
‘Origin’ is scheduled to have its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September.
What can be inferred from the preview image?
The preview image showcases an emotionally charged moment between characters and hints at a powerful and impactful storyline. Jon Bernthal’s performance is also expected to be remarkable.
What is the background of Ava DuVernay, the director?
Ava DuVernay is an accomplished director known for her work on the Netflix documentary “13th” and the four-part series “When They See Us.” She has a track record of creating impactful and thought-provoking content.
How does the film adapt Wilkerson’s book?
Ava DuVernay approaches the adaptation from a dramatized standpoint rather than a documentary, and it remains to be seen how she will bring the complex narrative of “Caste” to the big screen.