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barry jenkins’ ‘underground railroad’ selects lead actors

April 17, 2019
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So pleased to get more work for Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, this time in the form of his Amazon series The Underground Railroad, an adaption of Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel of the same name. And the much-anticipated series has finally landed its lead actors, Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Aaron Pierre who will play Cora, Homer, and Caesar.

The story follows a young slave’s “adventures” as she makes her bid at freedom in the antebellum South. For the series, Jenkins will be teaming up with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Adele Romanski, again, who co-produced Moonlight.

“Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood — where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned — Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its Black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey — hers is an odyssey through time as well as space.”

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