Amazon Prime Video has debuted a poster and teaser trailer for Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Underground Railroad. The limited drama series stars Thuso Mbedu as Cora Randall, a young woman who escapes the Georgia plantation where she is enslaved for the rumoured underground railroad in a desperate bid for freedom; take a look here…
The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall’s (newcomer Thuso Mbedu) desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumoured Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.
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 realise a life she never thought was possible.
The series features a cast that includes Chase W. Dillon, 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.
The Underground Railroad premieres on Amazon Prime Video on May 14th.