January 19, 2024
2hr 21min
Status: released

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Origin Movie Details:

Based onCaste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Country United States
Language English
GenreDrama, History
Release DateSeptember 6, 2023 (Venice)
January 19, 2024 (United States)
Running Time2hr 21min
Age ratingPG-13
CastAunjanue Ellis-Taylor
Jon Bernthal
Vera Farmiga
Audra McDonald
Niecy Nash-Betts
Nick Offerman
Blair Underwood
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Written byAva DuVernay
Produced byPaul Garnes
Ava DuVernay
Cinematography by Matthew J. Lloyd
Edited by Spencer Averick
Music byKris Bowers
Production CompanyARRAY Filmworks
Distributor Neon

Origin Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Isabel Wilkerson
  • Jon Bernthal as Brett Hamilton, Isabel’s husband
  • Niecy Nash as Marion Wilkerson, Isabel’s cousin
  • Emily Yancy as Ruby Wilkerson, Isabel’s mother
  • Finn Wittrock as August Landmesser
  • Victoria Pedretti as Irma Eckler
  • Jasmine Cephas Jones as Elizabeth Davis
  • Isha Blaaker as Allison Davis
  • Vera Farmiga as Kate
  • Audra McDonald as Miss Hale
  • Connie Nielsen as Sabine
  • Blair Underwood as Amari Selvan, Isabel’s editor
  • Nick Offerman as Dave the Plumber
  • Stephanie March as Binky
  • Myles Frost as Trayvon Martin
  • Suraj Yengde as himself
  • Donna Mills as Mrs. Copeland
  • Jordan Lloyd as a friend
  • Franz Hartwig as Erich Kastner
  • Daniel Lommatzsch as Joseph Goebbels
  • Gaurav J. Pathania as B. R. Ambedkar


The unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

Origin Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$38 million
Opening Weekend$826,235
Domestic Collection$4,689,830
International Collection$145,731
Worldwide Collection$4,835,561

About Origin Movie:

Origin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Ava DuVernay. It is based on the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, which describes racism in the United States as an aspect of a caste system.

The film stars Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Wilkerson, alongside Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Audra McDonald, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nick Offerman, and Blair Underwood.

In October 2020, it was announced that Ava DuVernay would direct, write, and produce a film adaption of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents for Netflix.

After Netflix was no longer attached and other studios passed, DuVernay turned to financing from Ford Foundation, Emerson Collective and Pivotal Ventures, among others.

In January 2023, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Niecy Nash-Betts, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Nick Offerman and Connie Nielsen joined the cast of the film.

In February 2023, Audra McDonald, Myles Frost, Blair Underwood, Victoria Pedretti, Isha Blaaker, Finn Wittrock, Leonardo Nam and Donna Mills joined the cast of the film.

Principal photography began in December 2022. The film ends with New Zealand musician Stan Walker’s song “I Am”, which is sung bilingually in English and Māori.

Origin had its world premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 6, 2023, where it was nominated for the Golden Lion award. Prior to this, Neon acquired distribution rights to the film. It also screened at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2023. It had a one-week qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles on December 8, 2023, officially opened in limited theatrical release on January 19, 2024, and expanded to a wide release on January 26, 2024. The film is scheduled to be released in the UK by Black Bear Pictures on February 9, 2024.