Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ Gets Release Date and Trailer

The Underground Railroad (Credit: Amazon Prime)

The new teaser trailer for The Underground Railroad explores the desperate journey toward freedom for slaves escaping the antebellum South.

On Feb. 25, Amazon Prime Video unveiled the trailer and premiere date for the miniseries from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins.

The teaser introduces Cora Randall (newcomer Thuso Mbedu) after she escapes a Georgia plantation for the rumored “underground railroad.” Cora soon discovers the railroad isn’t just a metaphor, it’s an actual railroad with engineers and conductors.

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Here’s a description from Amazon: “Over the course of her journey, Cora is pursued by Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), a bounty hunter who is fixated on bringing her back to the plantation she escaped; especially since her mother Mabel is the only one he has never caught. As she travels from state to state, Cora contends with the legacy of the mother that left her behind and her own struggles to realize a life she never thought was possible.”

In addition to South African actress Thuso Mbedu, the limited series stars Chase W. Dillon and Joel Edgerton. Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Gray, Peter De Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, Irone Singleton, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Marcus “MJ” Gladney, Jr., Will Poulter and Peter Mullan.

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) serves as showrunner and directs all ten episodes. Additional executive producers include Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, Richard Heus, Jacqueline Hoyt and Colson Whitehead.

The series is a production of Plan B, Pastel and Big Indie with Amazon Studios.

The Underground Railroad premieres May 14 on Amazon. The 10-episode series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead.

Watch the trailer below.