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.
We the People…
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) October 19, 2020