Back to IndieWire

RLJ Entertainment Acquires Slavery Drama ‘The North Star,’ Starring Former Eagles Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter

RLJ Entertainment Acquires Slavery Drama 'The North Star,' Starring Former Eagles Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter

READ MORE: RLJ Entertainment Acquires Nicolas Cage Thriller ‘Pay the Ghost’

RLJ Entertainment has acquired “The North Star”
for release in 2016 on the Urban Movie Channel following
a limited theatrical run this September.

The official synopsis reads: “‘The North Star’ is the story
of Benjamin ‘Big Ben’ Jones (Jeremiah Trotter) and Moses Hopkins
(Thomas C. Bartley Jr.), two slaves who escaped from a Virginia
plantation and made their way to freedom in
Buckingham, Pennsylvania in 1849. ‘The North Star’ tells
an uplifting and inspiring story of people from different races
and backgrounds coming together to triumph over slavery.”

Director Thomas K. Philips notes, “My wish is that [the film] will resonate positively with its audience and show the good of humanity
at such a dark time in American history. One of my goals is to shed light on
the thousands of courageous individuals that took the perilous journey to
freedom, leaving the only life known to them — a life of forced servitude and inhumane
treatment — for a better life for themselves and future generations.”

“The North Star” will open at the County Theater
and Penn Cinema in Pennsylvania on Friday, September 18 and
will expand to theaters in NY, LA, Miami, Washington DC
and Chicago later this fall.

READ MORE: RLJE’s Image Entertainment Picks Up Crime Thriller ‘Criminal Activities’

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Features and tagged ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox