*Giancarlo Esposito of NBC’s “Revolution” has lined up historical drama “Patriotic Treason” as his next directing project, with Oscar-nominated Ed Harris set to star as radical abolitionist John Brown, reports Deadline.com.
Adapted by Oscar nominee Jose Rivera (“Motorcycle Diaries,” “On The Road”) from Evan Carton’s 2006 book Patriotic Treason: John Brown And The Soul of America, the film centers on the controversial figure known for his 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry. Brown hoped the attack would ignite a slave uprising. Instead it left 11 dead and led to Brown’s capture, after which he was found guilty of treason and hanged.
Political enemies considered Brown a madman and a terrorist but the notoriety of his violent attacks are credited with sparking the Civil War.
The Emmy-nominated Esposito will also star in “Patriotic Treason” as Frederick Douglass, the freed slave-turned-abolitionist and orator who declined to join Brown’s Harper’s Ferry attack.
Said Esposito: “John Brown was the lightning rod of his place and time, but, to me, his story is just as electric in our world today, where controversies about race, religion, patriotism, and the use of violence for democratic ends are as intense as they were then.”