The season for must-see cinema is upon us, and at the very top of the watch list for anyone interested in Black filmmakers and storytelling is Dee Rees's Mudbound.
The Sundance hit, which takes place in a small Southern town post-World War II, boasts an incredible cast of indie veterans and A-listers, including Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige. After months of reading the amazing reviews and hearing all the buzz surrounding Mudbound, we finally have our first look at the film.
Mudbound is based on the 2008 Hillary Jordan novel of the same name and focuses on two families — one white and one Black — who live on the same farm in the post-World War II South.
Among the extensive list of noteworthy A-listers involved in this project are Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Rob Morgan and Jonathan Banks.
Though the movie was immensely praised during Sundance, there was no bidding war for the rights — much to the surprise of director Rees. "I'm surprised it didn't sell that first night," she told Variety. "Wait, what the f**k? It's undeniable. The audience is into it. What happened?"
What happened is, Netflix saw the film's potential and swooped in with an offer. And now, it could be the streaming provider's first real Oscar contender.
Take a look at the powerful trailer for Mudbound, below:
Mudbound premieres on November 17 on Netflix.
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