‘Underground Railroad’ trailer: See the haunting first peek

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead have joined forces for a brand new sequence based mostly on Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.”

Amazon launched the primary trailer Thursday for Jenkins’ small-screen adaptation of Whitehead’s bestselling novel a couple of younger enslaved girl named Cora (Thuso Mbedu), who embarks on a daring journey for freedom within the antebellum South.

The haunting preview opens with strains of poetry from Whitehead’s award-winning textual content: “’Ere I noticed a dappled surprise settling throughout the fields / Hovering on angel wings, brandishing a blazing defend.”

Directed by “Moonlight” mastermind Jenkins, the 10-episode interval drama follows newcomer Mbedu’s Cora as she flees a Georgia plantation in the hunt for the Underground Railroad and finally uncovers an actual, hidden community of engineers, conductors, tunnels and railroad tracks beneath the Southern terrain.

Different key gamers embody Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), on a mission to seize Cora and take her again to her enslavers; Homer (Chase W. Dillon), who accompanies and handles funds for Ridgeway; and Caesar (Aaron Pierre), who escapes the plantation with Cora.

Rounding out the solid are William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Grey, Peter De Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, IronE Singleton, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Marcus “MJ” Gladney Jr., Will Poulter and Peter Mullan.

“There may be nothing right here however struggling,” Pierre’s Caesar says within the trailer. “Ache and struggling. It’s time to go.”

Govt produced by Jenkins, Whitehead and Brad Pitt, amongst others, “The Underground Railroad” marks Jenkins’ first main manufacturing since 2018’s “If Beale Road May Discuss,” which scored a number of Oscar nominations and a win for supporting actress (Regina King).

A 12 months prior, Jenkins landed the Oscar for tailored screenplay for “Moonlight,” which additionally gained finest image. Up subsequent, he’s connected to direct a prequel to Disney’s 2019 live-action “The Lion King.”

“The Underground Railroad” premieres Might 14 on Amazon Prime Video.

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