HBO's upcoming thriller-drama Lovecraft Country has been on our radar since it was first announced and remained at the top of our "must cover" list ever since. Just in case you think we're making this up, you can go check out our The Bleeding Cool Top 30 TV Series Influencers 2020 list to see just how much potential we believe this series has. So needless to say, we were pretty excited when executive producer, showrunner, and pilot writer Misha Green (Underground) posted a brief teaser clip to social media that's giving us the distinct impression that we're getting either a teaser or trailer this Friday. Adapted from Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country stems from Academy Award winner Jordan Peele's (Get Out) Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot, and WBTV. Yann Demange (Top Boy) directs and executive produces the series opener; with Green writing the pilot and serving as showrunner, as well as executive-producing alongside Peele, Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. Daniel Sackheim (The Americans, True Detective) will direct an episode this season and executive produce.
Lovecraft Country introduces us to 25-year-old Koren war vet Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), who joins up with his friend Letitia "Leti" Dandridge (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip to find his missing father. Atticus, known for always having a pulp novel in his back pocket, wears his heart on his sleeve despite the daily injustice of living in 1950s Jim Crow America. The trio must survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Joining Vance, Majors, and Smollett-Bell are Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth Debicki, Wunmi Mosaku, Michael K. Williams, Jamie Harris, Abbey Lee, Jamie Chung, Jordan Patrick Smith, Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel, and Mac Brandt, and Tony Goldwyn.