A sequel to the 2019 live action The Lion King is in the works. The writer of last years film, Jeff Nathanson, is returning and he already has a draft of the script ready to go. Another writer, Barry Jenkins, will be directing the film, and his most notable work is Moonlight, which he also directed and which also won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017. His other notable work is If Beale Street Could Talk, which was an Oscar nominee, one of the actresses of the film, Regina King, won Best Supporting Actress.
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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