Academy Award-winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk) has created a high-profile, ten-episode limited series adapting Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon Prime Video. According to a press release from Amazon Studios, Jenkins’s adaptation will premiere worldwide on May 14.
The series, set in the antebellum South, stars newcomer Thuso Mbedu as Cora Randall, who escapes a Georgia plantation after learning of the rumored Underground Railroad. In Whitehead’s book, the fabled railroad is much more than Cora could have anticipated, as a functioning secret network of tracks and tunnels piloted by engineers and conductors.
As Cora travels across the country, she is pursued by the vindictive bounty hunter Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), who is determined to bring her back to the plantation. His desire to kidnap Cora extends into his past, as her mother, Mabel, is the only enslaved person he ever failed to catch.
Jenkins is the series showrunner and also directed all ten episodes of the series. Whitehead also serves as an executive producer on the project alongside Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, Richard Heus and Jacqueline Hoyt.
Chase W. Dillon stars alongside Mbedu and Edgerton; Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Gray, Peter De Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, Irone Singleton, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Marcus “MJ” Gladney, Jr., Will Poulter and Peter Mullan fill out the rest of the cast.
View the official teaser trailer for The Underground Railroad below:
How can you watch The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime?
If you are already an Amazon Prime subscriber, then the limited series should be available to you on May 14, likely even earlier than that — as Amazon often releases their shows in the evening the night before. You might be able to watch it as early as May 13. The Underground Railroad will air exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
The press release doesn’t specify if the series is releasing all at once or weekly, but it sounds like all ten episodes will be made available simultaneously.
Watch The Underground Railroad exclusively on Prime Video starting on May 14.