Amazon Prime Video has announced that the highly anticipated Amazon Original limited series ‘The Underground Railroad’, from Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins, will premiere on May 14.
The 10-episode limited series is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead. ‘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 rumoured 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 realise 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 show-runner and directs all 10-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.