Discover the first images of The Underground Railroad, the first series created and directed by Barry Jenkins (Oscar winner for Moonlight). Arrival scheduled for 2021 on Amazon.
We were eagerly watching the trailer for The Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins’ first series which will be available on Amazon Prime Video (and which is part of our expectations for 2021). And the Oscar-winning director for Moonlight doesn’t disappoint us by offering us a hypnotic 2-minute sequence, edited backwards. Like a painting in motion. A daring choice that he explains on Twitter : “They say History is told by the victors … so let’s take a step back“. If it is difficult to understand the subject of the series with these images, one is struck by their beauty and their poetry. The Underground Railroad will follow the character of Cora, slave in a plantation of Georgia, as she embarks in train and travel from state to state, and that she seeks true freedom while being hunted down by a famous slave hunter.
If the Jenkins series adapts Colson Whitehead’s eponymous bestseller to the screen, The Underground Railroad did exist: they consisted, as its name suggests, of a network of roads, tunnels and houses that allowed slaves to escape to reach the territories that abolished slavery. Harriet Tubman (who recently had the right to a biopic) and author Frederick Douglass were among those who helped free thousands of African Americans during this period.
On the casting side, the series features new faces like Thuso Mbedu (Cora) and others better known such as William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) and Joel Edgerton. We will have to wait a little longer before discovering Barry Jenkins’ first series since Amazon Prime Video has not yet announced a release date.