Barry Jenkins Reveals First Look at ‘The Underground Railroad’

Unerground Railroad Film Trailer (Courtesy of Amazon)

The latest project from Barry Jenkins will explore the history of the Underground Railroad.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker will be bringing his limited series The Underground Railroad to Amazon, and Jenkins shared a teaser trailer Monday on Twitter.

The highly-anticipated drama is based on the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning Colson Whitehead novel by the same name.

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The trailer opens with a group of Black people looking into the camera. The camera moves through them, showing the size of the crowd, until coming to rest before a team of uniformed train conductors at the front.

Suddenly, one voice asks: “Who built all this?” Another voice answers: “Well, who builds anything in this country?”

The series centers on a girl named Cora, played by Thuso Mbedu, who escapes a Georgia plantation. She escapes to freedom and discovers the Underground Railroad is a reality.

The Underground Railroad will be a nine-episode series starring Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Joel Edgerton. Jenkins directed the entire series. No date has been officially set for a release.