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Image: Mandalay Pictures

Image: Mandalay Pictures

After a successful premiere at Sundance Film Festival and making history as the most expensive film purchased by a movie house (Fox Searchlight), The Birth of A Nation has finally received a release date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will debut in theaters across the nation on Oct. 7.

Written and directed by the film’s lead star, Nate Parker, the film tells the story of black slave rebellion leader Nat Turner and how he took charge of the Virginia slave rebellion in 1831. The film also stars Gabrielle Union, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller and Armie Hammer.

Deadline also reports that the October 2017 date sets the film up perfectly for the 2016-2017 movie awards season: the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards.

During a recent Q&A, Parker expressed that he made The Birth of a Nation “with the hope of creating change agents. That people can watch this film and be affected. That you can watch this film and see that there were systems that were in place that were corrupt and corrupted people and the legacy of that still lives with us.”

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