'Lovecraft Country': Jordan Peele Explores Horror In Jim Crow South In HBO Series

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06:  Jordan Peele speaks on stage at the "Unconventional Storytelling: A Creative Conversation with Donna Langley and Jordan Peele" panel at the Fast Company Innovation Festival - Day 2 on November 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)

'Lovecraft Country': Jordan Peele Explores Horror In Jim Crow South In HBO Series

The series will star Jonathan Majors, Michael Kenneth Williams, Courtney B. Vance and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

Published January 16, 2020

Written by BET Staff

Oscar winner Jordan Peele is returning to television for the HBO horror series Lovecraft Country. Peele, along with J.J. Abrams, will serve as executive producers on the highly anticipated series, which is set in the Jim Crow South.

HBO describes the one-hour drama as a “series based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff, follows Atticus Black as he joins his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. What follows is a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.”

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Lovecraft Country was originally a novel published in 2016 by Matt Ruff.

The series will star Jonathan Majors as Atticus Black. Majors received rave reviews for his performance in last year’s The Last Black Man in San FranciscoYann Demange, who directed White Boy Rick (Majors appeared  in that film as well), will direct. The show also includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Courtney B. Vance and Jurnee Smollett-Bell

There is no trailer as of yet, but this show sounds like it is sure to be as talked about as HBO’s Watchmen, which also tackled the Jim Crow South. 

 

(Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)

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