Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ Series Adds Three Main Cast Members

Almost a year after Amazon confirmed the series would indeed be happening, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of “The Underground Railroad” has its first official cast members. Variety reported on Tuesday that Thuso Mbedu, Aaron Pierre, and Chase W. Dillon would be joining the cast of the Amazon Prime Video limited series, currently being prepped for an ambitious season.

The series is at this point planned to span 11 episodes, all directed by Jenkins. It’s based on the Colson Whitehead novel of the same name, which was published to great acclaim in 2016, winning the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in the process.

The book details the experiences of Cora (Mbedu), who after escaping a plantation, goes in search for the Georgia section of the Underground Railroad. Through her journey, she discovers that the system for helping freed and escaped slaves north is a literal railroad underneath the ground.

Mbedu has garnered
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