Lovecraft Country SDCC Sneak Preview: Rising Tides Prove Dire Warning

With only three weeks to go until Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia "Leti" Dandridge (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) embark on a road trip to find Black's missing father and claim a family legacy in HBO's Lovecraft Country, Majors, Smollett-Bell, and Vance joined moderator Sarah Rodman (executive editor, Entertainment Weekly) and cast members Michael Kenneth Williams, Aunjanue Ellis, Wunmi Mosaku, and Abbey Lee took part in a panel at this weekend's Comic-Con@Home.

A look at Lovecraft Country (Image: HBO)
A look at Lovecraft Country (Image: HBO)

Over the course of the panel, the cast offered viewers not only background on their characters and Matt Ruff's work but also how the series has many themes and narratives that are as relevant today as ever before. And while the presentation began with another look at the trailer, it wrapped up with a sneak preview that sets the precise tone we were looking for from the adaptation (here, released not long after the panel).

Viewers counting down the days until HBO's upcoming supernatural drama Lovecraft Country premiere (that's August 16, in case you forgot) received a special treat on Friday: the official trailer for the highly-anticipated series (and one that's been on Bleeding Cool's radar for some time). Adapted from Matt Ruff's best-selling 2016 novel of the same name by showrunner/EP Misha Green (Underground), EP Jordan Peele (Get Out), and EP J.J. Abrams, Lovecraft Country introduces us to 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 and claim a family legacy.

Lovecraft Country
A look at Lovecraft Country (Image: HBO)

Atticus is known for two things: always having a pulp novel in his back pocket and wearing his heart on his sleeve despite the daily injustice of living in the 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.

Based on Matt Ruff 's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.

Lovecraft Country
A look at Lovecraft Country (Image: HBO)

Joining Vance, Majors, and Smollett-Bell are Aunjanue Ellis, Elizabeth DebickiWunmi Mosaku, Michael K. Williams, Jamie Harris, Abbey Lee, Jamie Chung, Jordan Patrick Smith, Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel, and Mac Brandt, and Tony Goldwyn. Adapted from Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country stems from Academy Award winner Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, and WBTV. Yann Demange (Top Boy) directs and executive produces the series opener; with Misha 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) is directing the second and third episodes of the series, and will also serve as executive producer.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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