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Twilight actor Booboo Stewart has grabbed the lead role in Radar Pictures’ movie adaptation of Geraldine Brooks’ historical novel Caleb’s Crossing.
Stewart will play the title character Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, the first Native American graduate of Harvard University and the inspiration for Brooks’ novel. A member of the Wampanoag tribe near Martha’s Vineyard, Caleb graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1665, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite.
Caleb eventually returned to his tribal island as a Harvard scholar, having crossed a complex and seemingly unbridgeable cultural divide between Native Americans and white settlers. “I am very honored to be a part of this project and so proud we can bring Caleb’s amazing story to life,” Stewart said of taking the lead role.
Stewart will also produce Caleb’s Crossing, with Native American filmmaker Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, We Shall Remain) on board to co-produce. “Telling this story of Native American history and the major accomplishments of Native Peoples is paramount to ‘our story’ as Americans. Booboo is the perfect lead that will take us to new frontiers together,” said Eyre in his own statement.
The film adaptation will be developed by Stewart, Radar Pictures, Graham Thorburn and screenwriters Mary Ann Barnes and Sheila Barnes as they pen the adapted screenplay. Maria Frisk and Michael Napoliello will produce for Radar, while Ted Field will executive produce.
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