Mindhunter’s Damon Herriman signs on for Amazon’s Underground Railroad
Deadline has brought word that Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)’s upcoming limited series Underground Raildroad at Amazon has expanded its ensemble cast with the addition of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Mindhunter star Damon Herriman.
Herriman, who is well-known for his role as Dewey Crowe on the FX drama Justified and dual performances as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Netflix’s Mindhunter, will recur as Martin, a station agent for the underground railroad in North Carolina.
The 49-year-old Australian actor joins fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton (It Comes at Night) as well as Thuso Mbedu (Liberty), Chase W. Dillon (First Wives Club) and Aaron Pierre (Krypton).
The highly-anticipated series, based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, will consist of 11 episodes and follows Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who is an outcast even amongst her fellow Africans and is struggling coming into womanhood when she meets Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia who informs her of the Underground Railroad, inspiring them both to take the risk and escape to freedom.
The limited series will chronicle Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil.
Edgerton has been enjoying a wave of indie success over the past five years following his directorial debut with the 2015 psychological thriller The Gift, going on to star in the Whitey Bulger crime biopic Black Mass, the sci-fi mystery Midnight Special, the romantic biopic Loving and the horror film It Comes at Night.
Jenkins will direct and write all 11 episodes of the series. Jenkins’ Pastel Productions will executive produce alongside Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, who also produced Jenkins’ Oscar-winning drama Moonlight. No release date has been set for The Underground Railroad, but the series will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.