*HBO has dropped the teaser for its new series from creator Misha Green titled “Lovecraft Country,” which centers on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America.
The horror series is backed by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, and stars Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Wunmi Mosaku, Courtney B. Vance, Michael K. Williams, and more.
“Lovecraft Country” is based on Matt Ruff’s critically acclaimed 2016 book of the same name, and according to HBO, the story follows “Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.”
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— Monkeypaw Productions (@Monkeypaw) May 1, 2020
“When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television,” Green said back in 2017 when news of the series was first announced. “Kordan, J.J., Bad Robot, Warner Bros, and HBO are all in the business of pushing the limits when it comes to storytelling, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with them on this project.”
“Lovecraft Country” reunites Green with Smollett-Bell, as the two previously worked together on the WGN America series “Underground.”
Green’s previous writing credits include “Sons of Anarchy” and “Heroes.”
When Courtney B. Vance was asked what it was like working on “Lovecraft Country,” and why now is the perfect time for the show, he replied: “It was crazy,” Vance told collider.com. “Absolute crazy because we shot the pilot and then we had to retool because it didn’t go as we thought it would go and then we came back with a retooled version to shoot the series. What I will say, it was great people. Absolute great people.”
“Lovecraft Country” premieres on HBO in August.