Glass Onion star Edward Norton discovers that he is a descendant of Pocahontas in a clip from an upcoming episode of Finding Your Roots.
In an official PBS video for Finding Your Roots, Edward Norton learns that he is officially a direct descendant of Pocahontas. The actor became an iconic fixture in the Hollywood firmament after his appearance in the 1996 thriller Primal Fear, a role that earned him his 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 iconic performance opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s Fight Club.
On his official Twitter account, Henry Louis Gates Jr. shared a clip of himself with the Glass Onion star, discussing the Norton family lore that they are descended from the real Pocahontas. The video, from an upcoming episode of PBS’ Finding Your Roots, reveals the confirmation that this rumor is indeed quite true. As Norton reacts to the wild revelation, Gates explains exactly how the paper trail leads back to the mid-1600s, before William Shakespeare’s death. Check out the clip below:
Hollywood’s Most Iconic Pocahontas Adaptations Explained
Although her name has taken on mythic status in American history, Pocahontas was indeed a real person. She was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount leader of the tribal network in Tsenacommacah, near the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. After being captured by colonists, she married John Rolfe and had one son with him before her death in England in 1617 at the age of 20. Although her real-life story is not quite so romantic, it was dramatized in the 1995 Disney musical Pocahontas, which became the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.
Although the animated adaptation – which also gave iconic musical numbers like “Just Around the Riverbend” and “Colors of the Wind” – is the best-known film version of her story, Pocahontas has been brought to life by Hollywood many times over the years. One of the very first adaptations of her story was the 1910 silent film Pocahontas, which was followed by more than half a dozen other projects. Interest in her story peaked in the 1990s when she was featured in films from America, Canada, and Japan, but more recent efforts include the 2005 Colin Farrell-starring film, The New World, which was directed by three-time Oscar nominee Terrence Malick.
Edward Norton’s Upcoming Roles
Edward Norton has an equally robust Hollywood history at this point in time, with many more projects to come. 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 Extrapolations, he will appear in the Wes Anderson film, Asteroid City. He will also be providing a voice for the upcoming Prime Video Sausage Party series, though it will likely be different from the character he played in the film – an anthropomorphic bagel named Sammy Bagel Jr. who had a rivalry with Kareem Abdul Lavash, played by The Santa Clauses‘ David Krumholtz.
Finding Your Roots season 9 airs on Tuesdays at 8 PM EDT on PBS.
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