Hollywood sure does know how to milk a trend. After the success of Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, it was announced recently that Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a new HBO telepic and the epic miniseries, Roots, is getting a remake. Today brings the news (at least to me anyway) that Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sharon Leal star in the upcoming drama, FREEDOM, on VOD, Digital and in theaters on June 5.
Recently acquired by ARC Entertainment, FREEDOM also stars William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption) and is executive produced by Gooding. Here's the synopsis:
FREEDOM tells the true story of two men separated by 100 years who are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward (Gooding, Jr.) and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton (Sadler). Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and writes the song “Amazing Grace”, creating a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.