Aaron Pierre To Lead Barry Jenkins' THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
We are so excited to finally announce that our brilliant AARON PIERRE has been cast as one of the leading roles in new show The Underground Railroad.
Oscar-winning Barry Jenkins' upcoming Amazon series is based on the Colson Whitehead novel of the same name and Aaron will star in the role of Caesar. The project was first set up more than two years ago on the heels of Jenkins’ Oscar wins for the film Moonlight, with Amazon officially ordering it to series last June.
Thuso Mbedu will star as Cora, with Chase W. Dillon playing Homer. The Underground Railroad chronicles young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumoured Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.
Jenkins will direct all 11 one-hour episodes of the show in what will be his first attempt at directing a TV series in its entirety. Jenkins’ Pastel Productions will executive produce along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
We can't wait! Huge congrats, Aaron!