The deal was confirmed by Deadline on Thursday night, shortly before the movie's premiere at Sundance. Visual artist Rashid Johnson directed the drama, which has been described as a "modern re-imagining" of Wright's 1940 book. Native Son will star Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) as Bigger "Big" Thomas, a young black man whose life is turned upside down after he begins working for a wealthy Chicago family.
Moving into their mansion, [Big] begins driving Dalton’s vehemently progressive daughter, Mary. But his involvement in an accidental death places Big on a collision course with the powerful social forces pitted against him. A thoroughly contemporary reworking of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son asserts the story’s persistent relevance by bringing its interrogation of fear, violence, race, and circumstance into a critical modern context.
Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier, Sanaa Lathan, and Bill Camp will also star in the film, with a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks.
Deadline reports Native Son was produced by A24 and Bow & Arrow. The film is expected to premiere on HBO later this year.