AMAZING GRACE, from acclaimed director, Michael Apted, tells the inspiring story of how one man’s passion and perseverance changed the world. Based on the true-life story of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), a leader of the British abolition movement, the film chronicles his epic struggle to pass a law to end the slave trade in the late 18th century.
Along the way, Wilberforce meets intense opposition from members of Parliament who feel the slave trade is tied to the stability of the British Empire. Several friends, including Wilberforce’s minister, John Newton (Albert Finney), a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through.
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd (The Professor, The Madman), Albert Finney (Erin Brockovich, Big Fish), Romola Garai (Atonement), Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Sherlock), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Ciaran Hinds (Justice League) and introduces Youssou N'Dour.
Produced by: Edward Pressman, Terrence Malick, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt and Ken Wales
Executive Produced by: Jeanney Kim
Written by: Steven Knight