Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
We're looking for reporters for the BFI London Film Festival
Movie News

First Still From The Journey Released
Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness
Bel Powley Joins Wilding
Co-starring in the elevated horror thriller
Ellie Kendrick Cast In The Levelling
Game Of Thrones actress starring in flood drama
Transformers Franchise Planned Up To Part 8
Ten more years in the works
Sam Smith's Spectre Theme Released
UPDATE: Now with promo video
More Movie News

01 September 2015
Geostorm Flies To 2017
The Gerard Butler action thriller is on the move
More Movie News

Run All Night (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Face Of Love (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Alex Cross (2012)
Empire Star Rating
On The Road (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Man On A Ledge (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Giancarlo Esposito Plans Patriotic Treason
A slavery drama with Ed Harris

20 November 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

As Gus Fring, he was the most compelling, calculating and then (spoiler alert) cooked villain on Breaking Bad. But in real life Giancarlo Esposito is really a friendly, charming bloke. He’s also a director and has set his sights on a new project, an adaptation of Evan Carton’s book Patriotic Treason, in which he’s also planning to star alongside Ed Harris.

The full title of Carton’s book – which Jose Rivera will adapt – is Patriotic Treason: John Brown and The Soul Of America, which follows the man who planned an attack in 1859 on a ferry carrying slaves. His hope was to kick-start a slave uprising, but the incident left 11 dead and Brown in custody. He was eventually found guilty of treason and hanged, and ionically, despite being decried as a violent lunatic, his actions did help spark the Civil War.

Harris will be Brown, while Esposito is playing freed-slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglas, who refused to join the raid. “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,” Esposito says in a statement picked up by Deadline.

Assuming everything else falls into place, Esposito will shoot the film next summer, most likely during his hiatus from TV drama Revolution.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Colin Firth Has Three To Kill
And Christopher McQuarrie is on board to direct
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Jessica Chastain On The Martian
On becoming an astronaut and rescuing Matt Damon AGAIN

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

Hallowed Ground: Folk Horror In British Film
Ten tales from our island's dark past

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)