WATCH | The gripping trailer for The Underground Railroad starring Thuso Mbedu

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Thuso Mbedu in The Underground Railroad.
Thuso Mbedu in The Underground Railroad.
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We've seen a teaser for Barry Jenkin's limited series The Underground Railroad starring Thuso Mbedu; now Amazon has released the haunting full trailer.

Based on Colson Whitehead's novel, the 10-episode series follows Cora Randall (Mbedu), who escapes slavery from a plantation in Georgia via the rumoured Underground Railroad. After she escapes, she discovers the railroad is real. Cora's journey to freedom is threatened by a bounty hunter Ridgeway (Joel Edgerton), who will stop at nothing to get her back to the plantation she fled from.

Thuso shared the trailer on Twitter with the caption: "Great hope is the energy that fuels the engine. #TheUndergroundRailroad."


Speaking about Thuso's performance, director Barry Jenkins told Elle that she is a powerful performer. "She found a way to access this character so that when I spoke to her, I consistently saw Cora."

To prepare for the role, the Is'Thunzi actor told the publication she did a lot of research, which was "heart-breaking for her." She also drew on her own personal history as she and the character she plays are without parents.

"Having lost my mother and my father, whom I never knew, and eventually losing my grandmother in 2014, it got to a point where I kept to myself, I kept in my head—the same with Cora."

The series premieres on Amazon Prime 14 May. 

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