The Underground Railroad: Ambitious Alternate History Series Releases First Trailer


Amazon releases the trailer for Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad, a serial adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s acclaimed alternative history novel.

Amazon Prime has released an official trailer for Barry Jenkins The underground railway Serie.

The trailer opens with a voice narrating: “There, I saw a dappled wonder in the fields, floating on angel wings, brandishing a flaming shield,” all while the series’ protagonist, Cora Randall, flees from the plantation where was enslaved. the south before the war. Eventually, Cora stumbles upon The Underground Railroad, except, in the alternate version of the show’s story, it’s a literal railroad that runs through underground tunnels and leads to freedom in the north.

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Adapted from Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2017 novel of the same name, The underground railway It was directed by Jenkins, who also directed all ten episodes of the limited series. The show reunites the writer / director with cinematographer James Paxton and composer Nicholas Britell, who collaborated with Jenkins on his 2016 Oscar-winning LGBTQ drama for Best Picture. Moonlight, as well as his acclaimed 2018 film adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street could talk.

In a April 2020 interview, Jenkins called The underground railway “The hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, not because it was hard to do physically, but just emotionally.” He added: “I’ve never cried on set, with anything I’ve done. In this case, at least once every two weeks, someone would say ‘are you okay man?’ I would have to walk … off set for 10 or 15 minutes because I was distressed. Our counselor took me off set one day and wouldn’t let me continue directing. “

The official synopsis of The underground railway read,

The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall’s desperate bid for freedom in the prewar South. After escaping from a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers not a mere metaphor, but a real railroad filled with engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels under the southern floor. In the course of her journey, Cora is chased by Ridgeway, a bounty hunter who is obsessed with bringing her back to the plantation she escaped from; especially since his mother, Mabel, is the only one he has never caught. As she travels from one state to another, Cora grapples with the legacy of the mother who left her behind and her own struggles to live a life she never thought was possible.

Directed by Barry Jenkins, The underground railway stars Thuso Mbedu, 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. It premieres on Amazon Prime on May 14.

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