Take a look at the trailer that’s been released for The Good Lord Bird, an upcoming 7-episode series starring and exec produced by Ethan Hawke.
Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride, The Good Lord Bird has Hawke playing controversial real-life abolitionist John Brown, who advocated the use of armed insurrection to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. The story is told from the point of view of fictional enslaved boy Onion (played by Joshua Caleb Johnson), who joins Brown’s family of abolitionist soldiers during a time when the fight between pro and anti-slavery forces was immensely heated.
Hawke yells up a storm in the trailer for the series, which looks to be a fascinating, quality outing. There’s a solid cast, including Daveed Diggs as Frederick Douglass and Wyatt Russell as First Lieutenant J. E. B. Stuart, with every episode directed by Menace II Society and The Book of Eli helmer Albert Hughes (he co-directs the final ep with Mary Shelley director Haifaa Al-Mansour).
The Good Lord Bird will be premiering on Australia’s Stan and Showtime on August 9.
Synopsis for The Good Lord Bird:
Starring and executive produced by Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke, who plays the controversial abolitionist John Brown, the seven-episode series is from Blumhouse Television and based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by bestselling author James McBride.
The Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. The Good Lord Bird weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.