Following a nationwide search, the cast of the new Chickasaw Nation film, “Te Ata,” is set and filming is now under way in several Oklahoma locations.

Experienced, award-winning Native American actors are among those selected to bring the story based on the life of Chickasaw actress Mary Frances “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher to the silver screen.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said, “Film is a great way to preserve the legacy of Te Ata and other Chickasaws who have made a difference in the world.

“We are pleased we have such a diverse group of actors involved in telling the story of the impact Te Ata had on her audience and on society,” said Anoatubby. “Te Ata once wrote that art brings all people together. Her career bears testimony to the truth of that idea, as her life’s work did a great deal to help bring diverse cultures closer together.”

Q'orianka Kilcher is Te Ata. At age 14, Kilcher earned numerous nominations and awards for her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in the Oscar-nominated film “The New World,” an epic about the encounter between English and North American societies in the early 1600s.

Gil Birmingham is cast as Te Ata’s father, Thomas Benjamin (T.B.) Thompson. Born July 13, 1953, in San Antonio, Birmingham is best known for his work on “Twilight."

Oscar nominee Graham Greene is cast as Te Ata's uncle, Chickasaw Nation Gov. Douglass H. Johnston.


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