Knoxville Actor Christopher-Lawson Palmer Shines in Into the Wilderness Movie Role

A talented young actor from the Knoxville, Tennessee area landed the lead role of the character Jeremiah, a young slave boy, in Into the Wilderness, a Civil War era film where much of the production took place on location in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

When the Into the Wilderness casting directors held auditions in the summer of 2018 to find an actor who could tackle the character, they had hundreds line up to show them how talented they were. While many were incredible actors, only one young man, Christopher-Lawson Palmer, an 11-year-old actor from Knoxville, Tennessee showed the exact qualities they were looking for.

 As a matter of fact, from the moment this young actor walked through the doors to audition, he not only had just the right look or talent with acting, but he made the role his own and without any hesitation, the casting team knew immediately that this young man was the one they had to have for their film.

Christopher-Lawson Palmer (wearing straw hat) along with Shuler Hensley and other cast members at a recent script reading.


Lawson-Palmer has graced the stage with the Tennessee Theatre, the Carousel Theatre, Carpetbag Theatre and Knoxville Children’s Theatre. When he is not acting, Christopher is a dancer who has formal training in ballet, hip-hop and modern dance. He is also am accomplished singer and plays the trumpet and violin and is currently taking piano lessons.  

When he isn’t working on the movie or taking lessons to enhance his acting or musical talents, Christopher enjoys keeping up with his academics, playing chess, cooking and playing games at home with his sisters, Saiya and Nola.  

On location with actors Shuler Hensely (right) and Christopher-Lawson Palmer (left)

On location with actors Shuler Hensely (right) and Christopher-Lawson Palmer (left)

Christopher and actor Shuler Hensley, who plays the other lead character Samuel, seemingly formed a close bond with one another that made filming the two together almost magical.

For such a young actor, Lawson-Palmer is a force to be reckoned with. The Into the Wilderness crew had many rainy, humid and extremely uncomfortable days as we they began to film, but whether Christopher was just starting the day fresh or he had been on set for several hours, his acting skills were extremely impressive.

On location with Christopher-Lawson Palmer

On location with Christopher-Lawson Palmer

While many of the adults around him were weary and ready for rest, this amazing young star never showed anything other than his desire to achieve greatness and to portray his character in a way that is sure to captivate his audience.

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