HBO original film NATIVE SON, based on the classic novel by Richard Wright, debuts on April 8 on HBO

By HBO Latin America | Posted on 2019-04-02

Ashton Sanders, Margaret Qualley and Nick Robinson bring the classic story to life, through the eyes of visual artist Rashid Johnson, in his directorial debut.

MIAMI, FL., April 2, 2019 – Directed by renowned visual artist Rashid Johnson, the HBO Films presentation NATIVE SON tells the tale of how stereotypes can quickly become true, when race, class and the illusion of opportunity take over. Based on the classic novel by Richard Wright, it will debut in Latin America on Monday, April 8, only on HBO and HBO GO. Times per country, visit

From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks, NATIVE SON tells the story of Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders), a young African-American living in Chicago who is hired as a chauffeur for affluent lawyer Will Dalton (Bill Camp, Emmy®-nominee for HBO’s THE NIGHT OF). As Bigger enters this seductive new world of money, politics and power — including a disastrous relationship with Dalton’s daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley, HBO’s THE LEFTOVERS), and her boyfriend, the radical, leftist political leader, Jan (Nick Robinson, from Love, Simon) — he faces unforeseen choices and perilous circumstances that might change the bright future of a talented young man.

The cast also includes KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier and Sanaa Lathan.

NATIVE SON is an HBO Films presentation in association with A24; executive produced by Stephanie Meurer; produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman of Bow and Arrow Entertainment; directed by Rashid Johnson; screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks.