NEON has dropped the trailer for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming film, “Origin,” a cinematic adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.” Scheduled for release on January 19, 2024, the movie features Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor in the lead role of journalist Isabel Wilkerson, who embarks on a global exploration while grappling with personal tragedy and investigating the societal impact of the caste system.
The trailer paints Origin as a love story between Jon Bernthal’s Brett and Ellis’ Isabel as the two meet on the day of Brett’s birthday. Sparks immediately fly between the two, and it seems to be a happily ever after situation, but the fadeout to a funeral points to a different ending. Driven by the loss of her beloved, Isabel sets out to understand more about the world around her – its past, present and future. She travels the globe, reads books, and – most importantly – interacts with people from all walks of life as she pens what will become Caste. Blending the inspiring with the heartbreaking, DuVernay makes it impossible for the viewer to not feel the highs and lows of Isabel’s incredible journey.
The ensemble cast includes Niecy Nash-Betts, Vera Farmiga, Audra McDonald, Nick Offerman, Blair Underwood, Finn Wittrock, Jasmine Cephas-Jones, Connie Nielsen, and more.
Watch the trailer below.
“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.