Barry Jenkins, the director of If Beale Street Could Talk, has another literary adaptation in the works at Amazon.
Published in 2016, The Underground Railroad is an alternative history novel about two slaves, Cora and Caesar, who make a bid for freedom by following the Underground Railroad. The draw to the story is that the railroad is depicted as an actual railroad rather than just a series of safe routes.
The series has been in development for two years now, beginning after Jenkins’ film Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture. Now, three actors have been cast.
South African actress Thuso Mbedu, who recently won an International Emmy Award, has been cast as Cora. Aaron Pierce, who will appear on season to of Syfy’s Krypton, will play Caesar. Actor Chase W. Dillon has also been cast as Homer, a young boy who works for a slave catcher.
\There is no word yet on when production is set to begin, but we’re excited!
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