Yesterday, Amazon Prime Video released the trailer for Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins’s limited series The Underground Railroad, which is based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title.
The 10-episode series chronicles Cora Randall’s pursuit for freedom in the antebellum South after escaping a Georgia plantation and discovering the rumored Underground Railroad. However, in Jenkins’s series, just like in Whitehead’s source material, the Underground Railroad isn’t just a metaphor. There are literal train tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil, as well as engineers and conductors. Bounty hunter Ridgeway is obsessed with returning Cora to enslavement because her mother Mabel is the only other person he has never captured. Cora’s journey from state to state is further compounded by having to confront her mother leaving her behind and trying to realize a life she never thought possible.
Newcomer Thuso Mbedu (main photo) stars in the series as Cora, and Joel Edgerton plays Ridgeway. Chase W. Dillon also stars in the series, and Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper (main photo), 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 round out the cast.
Jenkins is the writer and showrunner and directed all 10 episodes of the series. He and Whitehead executive produced The Underground Railroad with Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, Richard Heus, and Jacqueline Hoyt. The series is a production of Plan B, Pastel and Big Indie with Amazon Studios.
The Underground Railroad will premiere in its entirety on Prime Video on May 14 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.