The Underground Railroad

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    From Academy Award® winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall’s (newcomer Thuso Mbedu) desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored 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.

    Over the course of her journey, Cora is pursued by Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), a bounty hunter who is fixated on bringing her back to the plantation she escaped; especially since her mother Mabel is the only one he has never caught.

    As she travels from state to state, Cora contends with the legacy of the mother that left her behind and her own struggles to realize a life she never thought was possible.


    The Underground Railroad 
    stars Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Joel Edgerton. Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Gray, Peter De Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, Irone Singleton, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Marcus "MJ" Gladney, Jr., Will Poulter and Peter Mullan round out the cast.

    Barry Jenkins serves as showrunner and directs all ten episodes of the limited series. He executive produces alongside Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, Richard Heus, Jacqueline Hoyt and Colson Whitehead. The Underground Railroad is a production of Plan B, Pastel and Big Indie with Amazon Studios.

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Worldwide

Executive Produced By

Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Colson Whitehead, Richard Heus, Jacqueline Hoyt

Developed By

Barry Jenkins

Directed By

Barry Jenkins

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​​​​​​​Plan B, PASTEL, Big Indie with Amazon Studios

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From Academy Award® winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad chronicles Cora Randall’s (newcomer Thuso Mbedu) desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored 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.

Over the course of her journey, Cora is pursued by Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), a bounty hunter who is fixated on bringing her back to the plantation she escaped; especially since her mother Mabel is the only one he has never caught.

As she travels from state to state, Cora contends with the legacy of the mother that left her behind and her own struggles to realize a life she never thought was possible.


The Underground Railroad 
stars Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon and Joel Edgerton. Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Gray, Peter De Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, Irone Singleton, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Marcus "MJ" Gladney, Jr., Will Poulter and Peter Mullan round out the cast.

Barry Jenkins serves as showrunner and directs all ten episodes of the limited series. He executive produces alongside Adele Romanski, Mark Ceryak, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt, Richard Heus, Jacqueline Hoyt and Colson Whitehead. The Underground Railroad is a production of Plan B, Pastel and Big Indie with Amazon Studios.

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Credits

Director/Showrunner:
Barry Jenkins

Based on the Novel by:
Colson Whitehead

Executive Producers:
Barry Jenkins
Adele Romanski
Mark Ceryak
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Colson Whitehead
Richard Heus
Jacqueline Hoyt

Writers:
Barry Jenkins
Jacqueline Hoyt
Nathan Parker
Allison Davis
Jihan Crowther

Director of Photography:
James Laxton

Production Designer:
Mark Friedberg

Editor:
Joi McMillon, Alex O'Flinn

Composer:
Nicholas Britell

Costume Designer:
Caroline Eselin-Schaefer

Production Companies:
Plan B, PASTEL, Big Indie with Amazon Studios

  • Credits

    Director/Showrunner:
    Barry Jenkins

    Based on the Novel by:
    Colson Whitehead

    Executive Producers:
    Barry Jenkins
    Adele Romanski
    Mark Ceryak
    Brad Pitt
    Dede Gardner
    Jeremy Kleiner
    Colson Whitehead
    Richard Heus
    Jacqueline Hoyt

    Writers:
    Barry Jenkins
    Jacqueline Hoyt
    Nathan Parker
    Allison Davis
    Jihan Crowther

    Director of Photography:
    James Laxton

    Production Designer:
    Mark Friedberg

    Editor:
    Joi McMillon, Alex O'Flinn

    Composer:
    Nicholas Britell

    Costume Designer:
    Caroline Eselin-Schaefer

    Production Companies:
    Plan B, PASTEL, Big Indie with Amazon Studios

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