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Entertainment Watch a Teaser for Barry Jenkins's New TV Series 'The Underground Railroad'

15:20  27 january  2021
15:20  27 january  2021 Source:   esquire.co.uk

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a man wearing a suit and tie: A new teaser for Moonlight director Barry Jenkins' new TV series The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video has been released. © Amazon Prime A new teaser for Moonlight director Barry Jenkins' new TV series The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime Video has been released.

The Oscar-winner has been dropping first looks and teasers of the alternate history series over the last few months, and the latest one is certainly stunning to watch.

In the clip, we see a number of figures as events play out in reverse, all accompanied by a mesmerising score.

a person wearing a suit and tie: The Underground Railroad teaser still © Amazon Prime The Underground Railroad teaser still

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"They say history is written by the victors, so… let's run it back," Jenkins tweeted as he shared the trailer.

The series, based on the Colson Whitehead novel, is set in alternate America where the network of underground routes, safe houses and abolitionists (called the Underground Railroad) helped slaves escape to freedom is an actual railroad.

Opening-up about making the show, Jenkins told IndieWire: "There are people saying 'Oh, there's another project about slavery', but I think when you say that, we sort of reduce the humanity of the people who were enslaved, and we assume that the condition of slavery reduced these people to one experience.

Barry Jenkins wearing glasses posing for the camera: Moonlight director Barry Jenkins © Rich Fury - Getty Images Moonlight director Barry Jenkins

"And yet when I read this book, the first conversation I had with Colson, I said, 'I don't want to do this as a feature. It has to be a 10 hour or 12 hour series, because the breadth of experiential covering here, it kind of unpacks the reductive feeling we get when we say, 'Oh, it's another story about slavery. I know exactly what that's going to be'.

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"In this case, it's a story about Cora. We don't know exactly what that's going to be because you haven't met this woman before."

The Underground Railroad will star Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre, Joel Edgerton, Damon Herriman and William Jackson Harper.

The Underground Railroad will stream on Amazon Prime Video

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Everything We Know About Barry Jenkins' 'The Underground Railroad' Amazon Series .
The 'Moonlight' director is adapting Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for a TV series due in 2021 His next project, which is based on similarly illustrious source material, looks set to burnish that reputation. This time he’s tackling Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad, which reimagines the network of safe houses, through which escaped slaves fled to the north in the first half of the 19th century, as a literal train track that carries fugitives to safety.

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