Check out the first images from The Birth of a Nation, written and directed by Nate Parker, who also stars alongside Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Chiké Okonkwo, Aunjanue Ellis, Colman Domingo, Dwight Henry, Roger Guenveur Smith, Penelope Ann Miller, and Mark Boone Jr.

Set against the antebellum South, this drama follows the story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom.