'The Underground Railroad' Series Premieres Today

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Photo credit: Kyle Kaplan / Amazon Studios
Photo credit: Kyle Kaplan / Amazon Studios

Colson Whitehead's 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad, won a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Now, it's becoming a limited series. Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) is helming the show, which premieres May 14.

In ten episodes, The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall’s journey to escape slavery. Randall, played by newcomer Thuso Mbedu, leaves the antebellum South in search of the Underground Railroad which, in Whitehead's alternate timeline, is an actual railroad complete with conductors and engineers. Whitehead's novel contends not only with the fictional Randall's individual passage, but also America's long history of racially-motivated brutality.

The series features Joel Edgerton as Cora's bounty hunter, Ridgeway; Chase W. Dillon as Homer, a member of Ridgeway's gang; Aaron Pierre as Caesar, another runaway slave; and Sheila Atim as Cora's mother, Mabel. Jenkins acts as both the showrunner and director for all ten episodes. He also executive produces alongside Whitehead and Brad Pitt, among others.

The Underground Railroad will air on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon will drop all ten episodes of the series on May 14, exclusively on Prime Video. It will be available in more than 240 countries and territories around the world. Prime video is free with any Amazon Prime membership. The streamer also offers a 30-day free trial, before charging $12.99 per month.
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Read Colson Whitehead's novel first.

As you await the series, pick up Whitehead's award-winning book.

Watch the full trailer here.

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