‘Origin’ Teaser: Ava DuVernay’s Drama Starring Aunjanue Ellis Heads To Neon

Ava DuVernay’s latest film, Origin, has found a home at Neon. This comes just days after we received first-look images of the drama led by Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis in her first major leading role. The Venice Film Festival will be hosting the world premiere tomorrow, while it has also landed a spot on the Toronto Film Festival slate.

An adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson‘s 2020 bestseller Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the film stars Ellis as Wilkerson, a writer as she travels around the world grieving the loss of a loved one while exploring the topic of race as part of a caste system. A caste system is basically the social categorization of people through hierarchy, race, ethnicity, gender, and more.

Also in the cast are Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash-Betts, Audra McDonald, Jasmine Cephas Jones, and Nick Offerman.

Neon is planning a release for Origin later this year, when it’ll be a major player in the awards race.  As the folks behind Parasite, Portrait of a Lady On Fire, and many other films showered with accolades, Neon really knows what they’re doing this time of year.

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