Barry Jenkins has unveiled another The Underground Railroad teaser, and like the two teasers released before this, it’s gorgeous, haunting, and affirms that this is going to be the very definition of must-see TV. The series is set in an alternate history where the Underground Railroad was a real, physical secret railroad, with actual tracks and tunnels tucked away underground. Watch the latest teaser, subtitled Speak Upon the Ashes, below.
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Everyone learns about The Underground Railroad in school as a network of secret routes and safe houses used to help enslaved African-Americans escape out of slavery into the free states of the North and Canada. But what if The Underground Railroad wasn’t merely a metaphor, but rather an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors riding on secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil, taking slaves on the first journey of their free life?
That’s what Moonlight director Barry Jenkins‘ series adaptation of The Underground Railroad, based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, imagines. A new teaser introduces us to one of the story’s main characters: Cora Randall, played by Thuso Mbedu. In addition to being a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, Cora isn’t exactly welcome in the circles of other African-Americans either. Meet Cora in The Underground Railroad teaser below. Read More »
Barry Jenkins just gave us our first teaser for The Underground Railroad, and it’s stunning. This isn’t a traditional teaser, but it so much more effective than just a series of random shots cut together. By gathering a large cast of characters together in one spot and overlaying that footage with some beautiful music from Nicholas Britell, Barry Jenkins has immediately caught our attention. Watch The Underground Railroad teaser below.
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Last March, we wrote about how Moonlight director Barry Jenkins was teaming up with Amazon to adapt Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel The Underground Railroad for television. But a new press release confirms that Jenkins will direct every episode of the upcoming limited series. That’s great news for all the Jenkinsians out there – that’s what all the hardcore Barry Jenkins fans call themselves, right? Read More »
After a stunning Best Picture win for Moonlight at the Oscars, Barry Jenkins is ready to embark on his next project. And he’s making the move over to television. Jenkins is set to write and direct a TV series adaptation of the 2016 bestseller The Underground Railroad for Amazon.
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