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Watch: The trailer from Jeremiah Trotter's new movie

The former Eagles linebacker makes his acting debut, playing a runaway slave in a locally produced independent film.

The film, based on a true story, is called "The North Star." In it, former Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter plays Benjamin "Big Ben" Jones, one of two escaped slaves from a Virginia plantation who eventually make their way to Buckingham, Pa., where they are helped by people connected to the Underground Railroad.

The movie premieres tonight at County Theater in Doylestown and on Saturday at Newtown Theater.