Fancasting American Literature: Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

Short Bio

Born into slavery in 1818, on a Maryland plantation, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write. In 1845, a few years after escaping to the North he published Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Douglass’ book recounts: the horrors and “successes” of his early years; the casual brutality at the hands of his white masters; his efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die trying and his sad but successful escape.
A skilled speaker and excellent writer, Frederick Douglass became a newspaper editor, a political activist and spokesperson for human rights and the civil rights for the black population of America.
His life spanned from the early nineteenth century and through the American Civil War and into Reconstruction. He was internationally celebrated as the leading black intellectual of his time and is celebrated still, to this day.

My Cast

Main Characters

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Title: ‘Douglass’

Based on: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Supporting Characters

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Director: Ava DuVernay (Selma)

Screenwriters: Ava DuVernay & Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Producers: Brad Pitt & Oprah Winfrey

Villains & Antagonists

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Cinematography: Stephen St. John (Mercy Street)

Music: Hans Zimmer

Running Time: 180 mins

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Honestly, I’m surprised nobody has made a Frederick Douglass biopic yet. These are really interesting characters and he’s probably one of the most well-known figures of the entire Abolitionist Movement, no matter if we’re talking about America or Europe.

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answers until I prayed with my legs”

Frederick Douglass