CAA Signs ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Actor (Exclusive)

Chike Okonkwo - Getty - H 2016
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Chike Okonkwo - Getty - H 2016

Chike Okonkwo, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, plays a freedom fighter in Nate Parker’s Sundance sensation.

CAA has signed The Birth of a Nation’s Chike Okonkwo, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The British actor, who graduated from the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts and is a member of the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, plays Will, a slave turned Nat Turner ally in Nate Parker’s historical drama.

The film set a Sundance record in January with its $17.5 million sale to Fox Searchlight, which will release it nationwide on Oct. 7 as part of next season’s awards race.

Okonkwo recurred on Cinemax’s Banshee last year in his U.S. television debut, while his BBC work includes the telepic Blood and Oil (opposite David Oyelowo and Naomie Harris) and the series Paradox and New Tricks.

Okonkwo continues to be repped by Lou Coulson Associates in the U.K. and by Management 360.