‘The Underground Railroad’ Trailer Unveils a Stunning-Looking Amazon Series from ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins

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Amazon has dropped the trailer for The Underground Railroad, the upcoming limited series from Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk).

The hype is building for the 10-episode adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The story follows Cora Randall (played by newcomer Thuso Mbedu), a woman who escapes a plantation in Georgia and makes her way to the Underground Railroad, a network of tracks and tunnels under the Southern soil. Meanwhile, she’s chased by a bounty hunter (Aussie actor Joel Edgerton) determined to catch her.

This looks like an absolutely stunning production, with strong talent on both sides of the camera. Jenkins, who directs all 10 eps, continues on with his Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk cinematographer, James Laxton, for more pause-and-frame-worthy images.

The cast includes Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Amber Gray, Lily Rabe, Will Poulter and Peter Mullan, among others. The extensive list of executive producers includes Jenkins and Brad Pitt, the latter of whom is working via his Plan B production company.

Mark the date for this one. The Underground Railroad will be streaming on Amazon Prime Video from May 14th.

Official synopsis for The Underground Railroad:

The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall’s (newcomer Thuso Mbedu) desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.


Over the course of her journey, Cora is pursued by Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), a bounty hunter who is fixated on bringing her back to the plantation she escaped; especially since her mother Mabel is the only one he has never caught.


As she travels from state to state, Cora contends with the legacy of the mother that left her behind and her own struggles to realize a life she never thought was possible.


The Underground Railroad stars Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Joel Edgerton. Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Gray, Peter De Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, Irone Singleton, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Marcus “MJ” Gladney, Jr., Will Poulter and Peter Mullan round out the cast.


Barry Jenkins serves as showrunner and directs all ten episodes of the limited series. He executive produces alongside Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, Richard Heus, Jacqueline Hoyt and Colson Whitehead. The Underground Railroad is a production of Plan B, Pastel and Big Indie with Amazon Studios.

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Barry Jenkins on set | Amazon Studios

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