Ava DuVernay’s ‘Origin’: A First Look at Aunjanue Ellis in Adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s ‘Caste

Aunjanue Ellis Goes Through Love, Loss and Exploration of Racism in Moving Trailer For ‘ORIGIN’

Vanity Fair has unveiled the first look images of Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming project, “Origin,” ahead of its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 6. The film is an adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s 2020 book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” which garnered attention for its exploration of racism as a caste system in America.

“Origin” features an impressive cast, with Aunjanue Ellis taking on the role of Isabel Wilkerson. The film centers on Wilkerson’s personal journey as she delves into systems of oppression and grapples with grief following the loss of her husband and mother.

Jon Bernthal plays her husband, Brett Kelly Hamilton, while the ensemble cast includes Vera Farmiga, Niecy Nash-Betts, Audra McDonald, Nick Offerman, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Blair Underwood, Connie Nielsen, Myles Frost, Victoria Pedretti, Isha Blaaker, Leonardo Nam, Donna Mills, Emily Yancy, Finn Wittrock, and Mieke Schymura.

“Origin” distinguishes itself with its deeply personal storytelling, capturing the emotional depth of Isabel Wilkerson’s experiences. The film takes viewers on a global journey, spanning the United States, Germany, and India, as it unravels the complexities of humanity and systemic oppression.

This independent production, financed outside the studio system, was filmed in just 37 days across three countries. Notably, “Origin” marks a historic moment as the first film by an African American woman to compete at the Venice International Film Festival.

Check out the first look below

Get a First Look at Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay's 'Origin'

Get a First Look at Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay's 'Origin'

Get a First Look at Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay's 'Origin'

Get a First Look at Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay's 'Origin'

Get a First Look at Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay's 'Origin'



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