'The Birth of a Nation' first trailer debuts

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A day after stirring up buzz at CinemaCon, Fox Searchlight released on Friday the powerful first trailer for the Sundance Film Festival hit "The Birth of a Nation."

Nate Parker — this year's CinemaCon breakthrough director of the year award winner — wrote, directed, produced and stars in the drama about the 1831 slave rebellion, which is already generating Oscar buzz. Not only did the film click with critics and Sundance audiences (it received the most enthusiastic standing ovation at this year's fest, and won its grand jury prize and audience award ), but it sold to Fox Searchlight for a record $17.5 million — the biggest Sundance deal of all time — and nabbed an awards-friendly release date.

The chilling first look at the film — set to Nina Simone's cover of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," which was recently sampled by Kanye West in "Blood on the Leaves" — follows Parker's Nat Turner as the literate slave strikes a deal with his owner, Samuel Turner (played by Armie Hammer), to become a traveling preacher to subdue unruly slaves.

"You listen to him and you might just make it into heaven," one of his slave owner's cronies tells a group of slaves.

"Submit yourselves to your masters with all respect," Turner tells them.

After witnessing countless atrocities, he becomes the leader of the bloodiest slave uprising in American history in the hopes of leading his people to freedom. Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King and Mark Boone Jr. also star.

"The Birth of a Nation" hits theaters on Oct. 7.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Kristen Stewart attends the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
Actor John Krasinski walks in Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, January 24, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Model Chrissy Teigen (L) and musician John Legend attend 'Southside With You' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actress Kate Beckinsale attends the 'Love & Friendship' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Jena Malone attends the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Village at The Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Eddie Bauer)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan and actor Nick Hamilton attend the EcoLuxe Lounge at Sundance16 on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for EcoLuxe)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: TV personality Jill Zarin attends the EcoLuxe Lounge at Sundance16 on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for EcoLuxe)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (L-R) James Jordan, Sara Rodier, Jared Harris, James Le Gros, Kristen Stewart, Kelly Reichardt and Lily Gladstone attend the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Justin Long attends the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Village at The Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Eddie Bauer)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Ellen Page is seen around town at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Jared Harris attends the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor James Le Gros attends the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Kristen Stewart and director Kelly Reichardt attend the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Jared Harris attends the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
Actor Thomas Middleditch walks in Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah, January 24, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim attends the We are UK Film Party at Sundance 2016 on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for British Film Commission)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: DJ Questlove attends Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Kim Raff/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Director Spike Lee attends Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown To Off The Wall' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Marc Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Kim Raff/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Director/actor John Krasinski (C) attends Applegate's 'Reel Food' Cafe featuring Wholly Guacamole during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Village at the Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Applegate)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Missi Pyle is seen during the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/GC Images,)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Riley Keough attends Applegate's 'Reel Food' Cafe featuring Wholly Guacamole during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Village at the Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Applegate)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Sara Rodier attends the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor/comedian Gilbert Gottfried attends Applegate's 'Reel Food' Cafe featuring Wholly Guacamole during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Village at the Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Applegate)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Courtney Sixx attends the EcoLuxe Lounge at Sundance16 on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for EcoLuxe)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Ethan DeLorenzo and actress Jena Malone are seen during the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/GC Images,)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Dallas Bryce Howard (L) and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper attend 'Southside With You' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Parker Sawyers, Richard Tanne, Tika Sumpter and John Legend attend 'Southside With You' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Charlie Day attends Applegate's 'Reel Food' Cafe featuring Wholly Guacamole during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Village at the Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Applegate)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Model/actress Brooklyn Decker attends Applegate's 'Reel Food' Cafe featuring Wholly Guacamole during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Village at the Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Applegate)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Writer Norman Lear (L) attends Applegate's 'Reel Food' Cafe featuring Wholly Guacamole during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at The Village at the Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Applegate)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Nurgaiv Rys, Aisholpan Nurgaiv and Almagul Kuksygyen attend the 'Eagle Huntress' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Producer Stacy Reiss attends the 'Eagle Huntress' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Actor Jesse Metcalfe and Cara Santana are seen on January 23, 2016 at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Lily Gladstone attends the 'Certain Women' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Director Richard Tanne speaks on stage during the 'Southside With You' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Chrissy Teigen, Mike Jackson, John Legend attend 'Southside With You' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Donovan Leitch Jr. (L) and musician Yoshiki attend the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Village at The Lift on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Eddie Bauer)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Adrian Grenier is seen during the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/GC Images,)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Actress Allison Janney is seen on January 23, 2016 at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actors Casey Affleck and Riley Keough are seen during the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/GC Images,)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Morgan Spurlock attends the 'Eagle Huntress' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Actor Harry Hamlin is seen on January 23, 2016 at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway attends the 'Southside With You' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard attends the 'Southside With You' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Songwriter Beth Goldwater attends the 'Film Hawk' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor John Krasinski is seen around town at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Charlie Day is seen around town at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Barry Keoghan attends the 'Mammal' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Library Center Theater on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Sharlto Copley is seen around town at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actress Rachel Griffiths attends the 'Mammal' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Library Center Theater on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Actor Nick Kroll is seen during the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/GC Images,)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: (L - R) Todd Allen, Global Vice President, Stella Artois, Water.org Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White, and Sean Bailey, Sundance Institute Board member participated in a panel session hosted by Stella Artois on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah, regarding the current global water crisis and what needs to be done to end the long water collection journeys many women in developing countries have to make each day. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Stella Artois)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Singer Josh Groban is seen on January 23, 2016 at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Singer Joe Jonas is seen on January 23, 2016 at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actress Angelique Cooper and Per Wickstrom attend EcoLuxe Lounge at Sundance16 - Day 1 - 2016 Park City on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for EcoLuxe)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Kendra Wilkinson is seen on January 23, 2016 at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Singer John Legend is seen on January 23, 2016 at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actress Kate Beckinsale attends the 'Love & Friendship' Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Nathalie Emmanuel is seen around town during the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Diane Ladd is seen around town during the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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