EMPEROR Available on Digital and DVD August 18th



Universal City, California, July 15, 2020 – Witness the story of a man who defied impossible odds to change the course of his life and the fate of the nation in the action-packed drama EMPEROR. Inspired by a true legend, the thrilling film arrives on Digital, DVD and On Demand on August 18, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the harrowing and inspirational journey of Shields Green, one of the many brave men in history, who risked his life to fight against the horrors of slavery and save his family, EMPEROR is a stirring account of an extraordinary uprising in the pre-Civil War South. A captivating and emotional story of courage, EMPEROR is based on the iconic American freedom fighter and legend Shields “Emperor” Green (Dayo Okeniyi, Terminator Genisys, “Shades of Blue”) a descendant of African kings turned outlaw slave. The film tells the astonishing tale of Green’s escape from slavery and his transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Seeking freedom for his family, Emperor fights his way north, joining the daring raid on Harper’s Ferry, the key battle of the abolitionist movement which helped spark the beginning of the Civil War and alter the course of American history. Okeniyi leads the cast with an exceptionally powerful performance as the titular character in EMPEROR, alongside Academy Award® nominee James Cromwell (The Green Mile, “The Young Pope”), Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”), Naturi Naughton (“Power”), Mykelti Williamson (Fences, Forrest Gump), Ben Robson (The Boy, “Vikings”) and Academy Award® nominee Bruce Dern (Hateful Eight, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood). Produced by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Reginald Hudlin (The Black Godfather, Marshall, Django Unchained) along with fellow producers Mark Amin (Frida, Eve’s Bayou) and Cami Winikoff (Peaceful Warrior), EMPEROR is directed by Amin from a script by Pat Charles (“Black Lightning,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Amin.
Cast: Dayo Okeniyi, Ben Robson, James Cromwell, Kat Graham, Keean Johnson, James Le Gros, Harry Lennix, Naturi Naughton, Mykelti Williamson and Bruce Dern Costume Designer: Amy Andrews Harrell Music Supervisor: Joel C. High Music By: Javier Navarrete Film Editor: Asaf Eisenberg Production Designer: Richard Hoover Director of Photography: Jeremy Rouse, ACS Executive Producers: Tyler Boehm, Susan Kirr, Cassian Elwes Produced by: Reginald Hudlin p.g.a, Cami Winikoff, p.g.a, Mark Amin, p.g.a Story By: Mark Amin Screenplay By: Pat Charles & Mark Amin Directed By: Mark Amin
TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD: Street Date: August 18, 2020 Selection Number: 37212538 Layers: DVD 9 Aspect Ratio: 16:9 2.39:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence throughout, language including racial epithets, and some disturbing images Languages/Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish Subtitles Run Time: 1:39:12
About Briarcliff Entertainment Briarcliff Entertainment is a new, virtual movie studio, formed in 2018 by acclaimed industry veteran Tom Ortenberg. Briarcliff’s first theatrical releases have been Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9; the trailblazing Latinx superhero film, El Chicano,” written and produced by Joe Carnahan; and the supernatural thriller Don’t Let Go,” starring David Oyelowo and Storm Reid, released theatrically in partnership with Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Pictures.
About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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