The Underground Railroad (TV series)

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The Underground Railroad
Genrehistorical fiction
Based onThe Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
Directed byBarry Jenkins
Starring
Composer(s)Nicholas Britell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
CinematographyJames Laxton[1]
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkAmazon Video

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

Premise[edit]

In an alternate timeline, the Underground Railroad, in reality a network of abolitionists, hidden routes, and safe houses that helped runaway slaves escape to freedom in the early to mid-1800s, is an actual railroad complete with engineers, conductors, tracks, and tunnels. Georgia slave Cora joins newcomer Caesar in an effort to ride the subterranean train to freedom.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[3] On March 27, 2017, it was reported that Amazon Video had given the production a script-to-series commitment.[4] 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.[2] In April 2019, Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre and Joel Edgerton joined the cast of the series.[5][6] In June 2019, Nicholas Britell announced he would serve as composer on the series.[7] In August 2019, Damon Herriman and William Jackson Harper joined the cast of the series in recurring roles.[8][9] In October 2019, Amber Gray joined the cast of the series in a recurring role.[10] In November 2019, Jim Klock joined the cast of the series in a recurring role.[11] In January 2020, Lily Rabe joined the cast of the series in a recurring role.[12] In February 2020, Fred Hechinger joined the cast of the series.[13]

Filming[edit]

Filming began around August 2019 in Richmond Hill and other locations in Savannah, GA.

Filming took place in January 2020 in Dawsonville, Ga at Hwy 53 and Lumpkin Campground.

Filming in Macon, GA at the Terminal Station in downtown, February 11 & 12, 2020.

Filming in Newborn, GA on hwy 142 February 25, 2020

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JAMES LAXTON BEGINS SHOOTING THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD". Lux Artists. June 4, 2019. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2016). "Plan B & Barry Jenkins To Adapt Hot Novel 'Underground Railroad' As Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 27, 2017). "Amazon Lands Barry Jenkins & Plan B's 'Underground Railroad' Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 16, 2019). "Barry Jenkins' 'Underground Railroad' Series at Amazon Sets Three Main Cast Members". Variety. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 18, 2019). "Joel Edgerton Joins Barry Jenkins' 'Underground Railroad' Amazon Series (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Grobar, Matt (June 4, 2019). "'Succession' Composer Nicholas Britell Channels "Darkess And Absurdity" Of Power-Hungry Elite". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (August 16, 2019). "Damon Herriman Joins 'Underground Railroad'; 'Ballers' Casts Catherine Haena Kim". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (August 22, 2019). "'The Underground Railroad': William Jackson Harper To Recur On Amazon Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Evans, Greg (October 24, 2019). "'The Underground Railroad': Broadway's Amber Gray Joins Amazon Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (November 1, 2019). "'13 Reasons Why's Bryce Cass Joins Amazon's 'Panic'; Jim Klock In 'The Underground Railroad'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (January 22, 2020). "'The Underground Railroad': Lily Rabe To Recur On Amazon Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (February 27, 2020). "'The Underground Railroad': Fred Hechinger Joins Amazon Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2020.

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