Ava DuVernay Set to Direct, Write, and Produce Adaptation of CASTE at Netflix

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After the success of the documentary 13th, and the limited series When They See Us, Ava DuVernay is teaming back up with Netflix to direct, write, and produce the feature adaptation of Caste for the streamer. The story is based on Isabel Wilkerson’s critically-acclaimed novel, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Variety reports the description:

The film adaptation, titled Caste, will use a multiple-story structure to examine the “unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.” The novel, published in August 2020 by Pulitzer Prize winner Wilkerson, was a New York Times best-seller and an Oprah’s Book Club selection.

This is a perfect project for DuVernay, who has been a solid director making poignant projects for a while now. DuVernay is currently producing a series based on the life of athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick, titled Colin in Black & White, and is filming DMZ starring Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt.

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