In the latest treat for horror fans since Ryan Murphy teased Ariana Grande appearing on the next season of American Horror Story, HBO has dropped a trailer for the brand new drama Lovecraft Country.
The series is a joint effort from two familiar names: Jordan Peele; the director behind the acclaimed feature films Get Out and Us, and J. J. Abrams; whose most recent credits include the first and third films of the most recent Star Wars trilogy. Not exactly small fry stuff.
The new series from HBO is set to premiere in August later this year and is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by author Matt Ruff. We’re looking at an hour-long drama series following Atticus Black, played by Jonathan Majors (from the acclaimed film The Last Black Man In San Francisco), as he goes on a road trip to find his missing father. As a black man in 1950s Jim Crow America, not a particularly chill or relaxing trip.
On top of an amateur detective hunt through racist white America, Atticus has to deal with Lovecraftian monsters. Shame for him, great for us because from the short trailer, they look absolutely sick. Think the filmmaking of Cary Fukunaga’s season of True Blood, with a generous sprinkling of H. P. Lovecraft nonsense on top.
The ‘Lovecraft Country’ cast
The rest of the cast is stacked with HBO veterans. Drama fans will recognise Michael Kenneth Williams aka Omar Little from HBO’s The Wire as Atticus’ father, Montrose Freeman. Courtney B. Vance from HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and American Crime Story is starring as Atticus’ uncle George Freeman.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell from HBO’s True Blood, Underground, Friday Night Lights stars as Letitia “Leti” Lewis, and Wunmi Mosaku from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is Leti’s half-sister Ruby Baptiste. Together, they help old mate Atticus in his struggle to survive against the nightmare monsters (and y’know, the real evil of racism) in his road trip to find his father.
We hope Smollett-Bell remembers her Friday Night Lights roots: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose… except, possibly, against monsters and systematic prejudice.
Eagled-eyed fashion hags will also spot Aussie model Abbey Lee in her TV series debut, we did a double-take seeing her in this stacked cast.
You can watch the trailer for Lovecraft Country below.
Lead image via HBO.