HBO to feature series Lovecraft Country produced by Jordan Peele


HBO is casting its adaptation of the novel Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff.

Among the cast members announced for Lovecraft Country are Elizabeth Debicki, Aunjanue Ellis, and Courtney Vance, who will be featured in leading roles. Courtney Vance is best known for his role in season one of American Crime Story, the People vs. OJ Simpson. His performance as Simpson’s lawyer Johnny Cochran, was one of the best on the show and won Vance an Emmy.

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The story takes place in the 1950’s as a young man named Atticus Black takes a drive across America with his Uncle George (played by Vance) and his best friend in order to find Atticus’ missing father. The title Lovecraft Country is a reference to H.P. Lovecraft, who is known for his horror stories featuring fantastic creatures that are more fantasy than a run of the mill ghost story.

Along with Jordan Peele, director and writer of the Oscar-winning Get Out, the series will be also be produced by J.J. Abrams, and Misha Green.

The premise of the movie seems to be something a bit like The Mist, Stephen King’s story about people trapped in a local grocery store during a storm by strange monsters. As Stephen King is a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, the fact that one of his stories may have similar themes to this series isn’t surprising. Since the movie is set in the 1950’s during the era of Jim Crow and features black characters, it’s a good bet that human behavior will be implicitly compared to the terrors of monsters from another dimension.

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