South African actress, Thuso Mbedu will star in Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of The Underground Railroad.
Mbedu will star the as Cora (the main character) with Chase W. Dillon as Homer, and Aaron Pierre as Caesar.
The series is based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The series will come packed with 11 episodes and tells a story of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who is an outcast even amongst her fellow Africans and is struggling coming into womanhood when she meets Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia who informs her of the Underground Railroad, inspiring them both to take the risk and escape to freedom.
The limited series will chronicle Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
The series will be directed by Oscar-Winner Barry Jenkins. Jenkins previously directed drama film Moonlight (2016) which won numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The release date has not been set yet, but will only be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.