Set in an uncanny version of the antebellum South, The Underground Railroad (May 14)  follows Cora and Caesar, as they escape from a Georgia plantation.

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 to catch a ride on the Underground Railroad, which in this story is an actual subterranean transport system to assist runaways.

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After Barry Jenkins’
historic Oscar win for  Moonlight, he knew he had

the chance to take a big swing. He used his momentum to finalize a deal to adapt Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad.

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“When 3-year-old Barry Jenkins heard the words ‘Underground Railroad,’ I imagined Black people on trains underground. It was like this beautiful fantasy, I was so proud...

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... It opened up to me the universe of what Black folks had done, what we were capable of.” 

DIRECTOR BARRY JENKINS

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The Underground Railroad introduces South African newcomer Thuso Mbedu as Cora. 

Touching on the harsh reality the show depicts, the actress notes how for Cora, “It felt like a death sentence, because you running away and you being caught would mean you being killed.

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Aaron Pierre, who plays Caesar, emphasizes the positive nature of the show.

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“One thought that I continuously had throughout the process is that the Black diaspora has experienced devastating hardships and yet continues to overcome and rise and flourish...”

...And to me, this story gives a powerful insight into the magnitude of that strength.

 AARON PIERRE (CAESAR)

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“I love that the book and the show presented this opportunity to work in so many different genres, housed in the same story of one woman’s journey.” 

DIRECTOR BARRY JENKINS

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