Native Son, directed by first-time director and renowned visual artist Rashid Johnson, that world premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, will debut Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The film is based on the classic novel by Richard Wright and from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”).
Native Son tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp, Emmy(R)-nominee for HBO’s “The Night Of”). As Thomas enters this seductive new world of money and power – including a precarious relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley, HBO’s “The Leftovers”) – he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that will alter the course of his life forever. The cast also includes Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier and Sanaa Lathan.