Horror fans have been anticipating the upcoming HBO series Lovecraft Country, and if the new teaser-trailer is any indication, it’ll be well worth the wait.
The ten-episode series, which will debut this August, is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. The series stars Jonathan Majors as Atticus Black, a Korean War veteran and fan of pulpy novels who, along with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance), must travel across America to find his missing father, (Michael K. Williams.) Along the way, they encounter both Lovecraftian monsters as well as the racism of 1950’s Jim Crow America. Based on the trailer, the show is going to be a welcome re-imagining
of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, the influential early 20th century horror writer whose fiction regularly included racist themes and imagery.
Lovecraft Country’s showrunner will be Misha Green, who will also serve as an executive producer. It’s also executive produced by J.J Abrams, Jordan Peele, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange (director of Episode 1), Daniel Sackheim (director of Episodes 2 & 3) and David Knoller.
Peele, whose horror film Get Out won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, reportedly brought the book to Abrams’s Bad Robot and picked Green for showrunning duties.
“When I first read Lovecraft Country I knew it had the potential to be unlike anything else on television,” Green told
Deadline. “Jordan, JJ, 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 began filming in 2018, and filmed in both Chicago and Ellburn, Illinois, the White Pines State Park in Mount Morris, Illinois, and in Macon Georgia. The cast also includes Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Abbey Lee, Jamie Harris, Jamie Chung, Jordan Patrick Smith, Erica Tazel, Jamie Neumann, Mac Brandt, and Tony Goldwyn.