Glass Onion star Edward Norton discovers he's a descendant of Pocahontas in clips from an upcoming episode of "Roots."
In the official PBS video, Edward Norton learns that he is officially a direct descendant of Pocahontas. The actor became a Hollywood icon after starring in the 1996 thriller "Primal Fear," a role that earned him the first of three Oscar nominations. He was also nominated for his performances in 1998's American History X and 2014's Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), though he is best remembered for his fight in David Fincher's An iconic performance at the club opposite Brad Pitt.
On his official Twitter account, Henry Louis Gates Jr. shared a video of him with the Glass Onion star discussing the Norton family legend that they were the real Pocahontas descendants of. This video from an upcoming episode of PBS's "Roots" confirms the rumor is true. As Norton reacts to the wild revelations, Gates explains exactly how the paper clues go back to the mid-1600s, before William Shakespeare died. Check out the clip below:
Through a direct paper trail leading to Pocahontas and John Rolfes’ 1614 marriage certificate, @EdwardNorton learns that his family lore appears to be true. His 12th great-grandmother is Pocohantas!Tune in TOMORROW night on @PBS at 8/7c for the Finding Your Roots premiere!! pic.twitter.com/54sTTt2YKY— Henry Louis Gates Jr (@HenryLouisGates) January 2, 2023
Hollywood's Most Iconic Pocahontas Adaptations Explained
Despite the mythical place her name holds in American history, Pocahontas was indeed a real person. She is the daughter of Powhatan, the supreme leader of the Tsenacommacah tribal network, Close to the Colony in Jamestown, VA. After being captured by the colonists, she married John Rolfe and had a son until her death in England in 1617 at the age of 20. Although her real story was less romantic, it was dramatized in the 1995 Disney musical Pocahontas, which became the fourth highest-grossing film that year.
While the animated film adaptation -- which also featured iconic musicals such as "Just Around the Riverbend" and "Colours of the Wind" -- is the most famous film version of her story, Pocahontas in . The 1910 silent film Pocahontas was one of the earliest adaptations of her story, followed by more than half a dozen others. Interest in her story peaked in the 1990s, when she appeared in films in the United States, Canada and Japan, but more recent efforts include the 2005 film New World starring Colin Farrell, written by three-time Oscar nominee Ty Lance Malick directs.
Edward Norton's Upcoming Roles
Edward Norton has an equally strong history in Hollywood at this time, with more projects on the horizon. Following his appearance in last month's Knives Out sequel Glass Onion, he has several other projects in the works. In addition to his role in the upcoming Apple TV+ anthology series "Extrapolation," he will star in Wes Anderson's film "Asteroid City." He'll also be voicing the upcoming Prime Video Sausage Party series, though that may not be the same as the character he plays in the film — an anthropomorphic bagel named Sammy Bagel Jr. who has a rivalry with Kareem Abdul Lavash , by David Krumholtz of Santa Claus.
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