After being part of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” Oscar Isaac took the leading role in “The Promise,” a historic movie about the Armenian genocide. Through his character, the Guatemalan actor is raising awareness on a topic that we don’t normally see covered by mass media.
It’s been more than 100 years since the Ottoman Empire murdered more than 1 million Armenians between 1915 and 1922, but “as few as 34 films have been made on the subject,” reports Slate.
“The Promise” is the first mainstream flick about the genocide produced in Hollywood thanks to the late Armenian businessman and investor Kirk Kerkorian, who put himself on a mission to bring the story to the masses. Kerkorian, who owned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1969, passed away as the film was going into production in 2015.
“He always wanted to make an epic film with the best actors available that wouldn’t just be a history lesson,” said movie producer Eric Esrailian to Variety.
“The Promise,” directed by Terry George, revolves around the love triangle of an Armenian medical student, Michael (Isaac), an American journalist based in Paris, Christopher (Christian Bale) and Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian-born woman raised in France, during the beginning of the Armenian genocide.
The movie, which has yet to be released nationwide, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Learn more about “The Promise,” here.
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