Thuso Mbedu Stars In New Series The Underground Railroad As Cora
South African actress Thuso Mbedu takes the lead in the upcoming nine-part Amazon series “The Underground Railroad”.
The Underground Railroad’ is an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel.
Thuso Mbedu will portray the role of Cora, a young woman who escapes a plantation hoping to find the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad is directed by Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins has shared a teaser on his Instagram account. The Moonlight director wrote: “The Underground Railroad – ‘Preamble. We the People…”
Thuso also shared the clip with the caption: “The Underground Railroad. So, @bandrybarry decided to drop a teaser. ‘Who built this?’ ‘Well, who builds anything in this country?’. Can’t wait for y’all to see this story.”
The series will follow Cora as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her 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.
Thuso Mbedu was named one of Vogue Australia’s rising stars. The Is’Thunzi actress has also received two International Emmy nominations for her portrayal as Winnie in the series.
Apart from Thuso, other cast members include Chase W. Dillon as Homer and Joel Edgerton as Ridgeway. Oscar-winning Plan B producers Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner have linked up once again with Jenkins after “Moonlight.”
Watch the trailer below: