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Oprah Winfrey And Brad Pitt Adapting Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer For The Big Screen

New pages-to-screen alert! Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are teaming up to adapt Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel ☛THE WATER DANCER [pub: One World] into a film. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news yesterdayThe Water Dancer was Oprah’s first selection for her Apple book club. Coates regrammed One World’s Instagram post celebrating the film announcement and reminded readers that the paperback edition of his first novel drops next Tuesday, November 17th. Oh, and please do yourself a great service and scroll down to  listen to the wonderful voice of actor Joe Morton reading an excerpt of The Water Dancer: Logging off immediately to stream the audiobook from my public library. 






Against my better judgement, taking casting suggestions in comments.

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Please listen to actor Joe Morton reading an excerpt of The Water Dancer:




The Water Dancer Synopsis From Penguin Random House:

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.


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