Go Inside the New York City Premiere of Suzan-Lori Park’s-Penned Native Son

Photos   Go Inside the New York City Premiere of Suzan-Lori Park’s-Penned Native Son
The film adaptation of Richard Wright’s book, directed by visual artist Rashid Johnson, premiered on HBO April 6.
Suzan-Lori Parks, Rashid Johnson, and Len Amato Joseph Marzullo/WENN

HBO celebrated the New York premiere of Native Son, penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, at the Guggeinheim Museum April 1. Following a debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, HBO aired the new film adaptation of Richard Wright's book April 6. Directed by acclaimed visual artist Rashid Johnson, the drama stars Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) as a young African-American living in Chicago.

In Native Son, Bigger Thomas (Sanders) is hired as a chauffeur for affluent businessman Will Dalton, played by Emmy-nominated actor Bill Camp (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.

Flip through photos of the New York premiere below:

Native Son is an HBO Films presentation in association with A24 that is executive-produced by Stephanie Meurer and produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman of Bow and Arrow Entertainment.

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