Good news for all you Jenkophiles and Whiteheadheads out there: after four maddening months of mystery—which saw the release of two gorgeous teaser trailers but no premiere date—we now know when we’ll be able to watch Barry Jenkins’ small-screen adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning historical epic, The Underground Railroad.
The ten-episode limited series, which stars newcomer Thuso Mbedu as an escaped slave fleeing an relentless bounty hunter (Joel Edgerton) through a terrifyingly reimagined antebellum south, will hit Amazon Prime Video (sigh…) on May 14.
Is it going too far to call The Underground Railroad is the most anticipated literary adaptation of this still-young decade? Well, despite the fact that Mr. Jenkins didn’t pick up any of our dream casting suggestions, we at Lit Hub certainly don’t think so. We’re excited and dammit you should be too.
But hey, if you’re not, that’s ok; maybe this first official trailer for the show will get your engine running.