What The Trailer for Barry Jenkin’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ Coming to Amazon Prime

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Colson Whitehead's book The Underground Railroad hit bookshelves in 2016 and changed the relationship between historical fiction rooted in Black history and fantasy. In Whitehead's world, the underground railroad isn't just a figure  of speech. There's an actual secret set of tracks and tunnels running below ground throughout the South.  It's an absolutely captivating read and if you haven't put this one on your list of books to read before you die. Fix that. This is more than just another story of an enslaved woman's bid to be free. 

Earlier today, Amazon Prime released the official trailer of its upcoming 10 episode limited series The Underground Railroad. Mark your calendars because with Barry Jenkins as showrunner and director this series looks ready to leave the station. 

Watch the Official Trailer of The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad - Official Trailer | Prime Video

"Nothing was given, all was earned. Hold on to what belongs to you." From Academy Award® winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel b...

Synopsis: 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 rumored 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 realize a life she never thought was possible.

Cast:

The Underground Railroad stars Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and 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 round out the cast.
 
 

The Underground Railroad premieres on May 14, 2021 on Prime Video. 


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