UK release of EMPEROR tells the story of Shields Green who escaped from slavery and joined the Raid on Harpers Ferry
From the producer of Django Unchained comes Emperor, an inspirational and timely portrait of courage and resilience set during a turbulent time in American history.
This epic story is inspired by the legend of 19th century freedom fighter, Shields "Emperor" Green (Dayo Okeniyi, The Hunger Games, Shades of Blue), a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave in the pre-Civil War South.
A man fighting to free his family and bring an end to tyranny, Emperor fights his way north, joining forces with abolitionist John Brown for a daring raid on Harper's Ferry, helping to alter the course of American history in the process.
An action-packed and powerful epic shining a light on one of history’s unsung heroes, Emperor also stars Ben Robson (Animal Kingdom, Vikings), Academy Award® nominee James Cromwell (The Young Pope, The Green Mile), Kat Graham (All Eyez on Me, The Vampire Diaries) and Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Nebraska).
Inside History was fortunate enough to talk to Writer/Director, Mark Amin about the new movie and how movies often take a different view on bringing history to the big screen. We also chatted to Dayo Okeniyi about bringing Shields Green to life in the movie. Both of these interviews will be a part of our next issue which focuses on the theme of Protest, Revolt & Reform which will be released in May as part of our article on John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry.
Emperor is released on Amazon Prime Video on 1st March with a DVD release on 5th April
Stream the movie on Amazon by clicking here: Emperor Movie