Ava DuVernay To Direct Netflix Adaptation Of ‘Caste’ | Film News


Ava DuVernay is collaborating with Netflix for a third time. After directing the documentary 13th and the limited series When They See Us, the director is now set to adapt Isabel Wilkerson‘s 2020 New York Times bestselling non-fiction book Caste: The Origins Of Our Discontents for the streaming giant.


Although the book is non-fiction, DuVernay’s film will reportedly be a narrative feature, which she will also write and produce. Wilkerson’s book unpacks “an unseen phenomenon in America” which explores how America, both today and throughout its history, has been shaped by a hidden caste system; a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.


Little else is known right now, but DuVernay is a great pick to helm this project. She’s frequently explored how America has disenfranchised and villainised much of its population, so she should be able to turn Caste into a compelling film. After her two aforementioned projects earned Netflix plenty of attention during awards season, it’s also no surprise that the streamer is eager to work with DuVernay again.


DuVernay will also re-team with Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda after previously working together on Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. Caste will be DuVernay’s fifth feature film as a director. She also has The New Gods in the works at Warner Bros.



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