First look at The Underground Railroad sees slaves make death-defying escapes and lead revolution in alternate universe
THE first look at new Amazon series The Underground Railroad sees slaves make death-defying escapes and lead a revolution in an alternate universe.
The new drama is from Moonlight's Barry Jenkins, and follows The Underground Railroad, an actual railroad of hidden routes and safe houses that help slaves escape to freedom.
The Oscar-winning director, who triumphed with his 2016 film, is helping adapt Colson Whitehead's novel of the same name into the series for Amazon Prime Video.
The cast includes Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre, Joel Edgerton, Damon Herriman and William Jackson Harper.
Filming wrapped last month and Amazon Studios shared first look pictures on its official Twitter account earlier this week.
The stunning shots were captioned: "We stan. Thank you @BarryJenkins for gifting us with these behind the scenes images from THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD."
It was also revealed earlier this week that Barry will helm a new sequel to last year's Disney live-action version of The Lion King.
The film will reportedly take inspiration from The Godfather Part II and take an in-depth look into Mufasa's past, while still incorporating plenty of music.
Barry said in a statement about his new project: "Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters.
"Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true."
Moonlight won a stack of awards including a Golden Globe and three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
However, it wasn't without drama as presenter Faye Dunaway wrongly announced La La Land the winner, with the cast taking to the stage to celebrate, only to find out moments later that the wrong envelope had been given to her and Moonlight was the actual winner.
The Underground Railroad will be available on Amazon Prime Video.
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