The Underground Railroad (TV series)

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The Underground Railroad
GenreAlternate history
Based onThe Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
Directed byBarry Jenkins
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Original networkAmazon Video

The Underground Railroad is an upcoming American alternate history drama web television limited series directed by Barry Jenkins. The series is set to premiere on Amazon Video.



The Underground Railroad follows "Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. The Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a network of tracks and tunnels constructed in secret beneath the very Southern soil upon which they’ve been enslaved."[1]


On September 16, 2016, it was announced that Barry Jenkins was set to adapt Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad into a limited series. Jenkins was expected to produce the series alongside Adele Romanski. Production companies involved with the series were set to include Plan B Entertainment.[2] On March 27, 2017, it was reported that Amazon Video had given the production a script-to-series commitment.[3] On June 5, 2018, it was announced that Amazon given the production a formal greenlight and that Jenkins would direct all eleven episodes of the series.[1] In April 2019, Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre and Joel Edgerton joined the cast of the series.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 5, 2018). "Amazon Greenlights Barry Jenkins & Plan B's 'Underground Railroad' Limited Series With Jenkins Directing All 11 Episodes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2016). "Plan B & Barry Jenkins To Adapt Hot Novel 'Underground Railroad' As Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 27, 2017). "Amazon Lands Barry Jenkins & Plan B's 'Underground Railroad' Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 16, 2019). "Barry Jenkins' 'Underground Railroad' Series at Amazon Sets Three Main Cast Members". Variety. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 18, 2019). "Joel Edgerton Joins Barry Jenkins' 'Underground Railroad' Amazon Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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