"All of this is true. Most of it happened." Watch the trailer for the new limited series coming to Showtime in August, The Good Lord Bird...
Starring and executive produced by Ethan Hawke, who plays the controversial abolitionist John Brown, the seven-episode series is based on the award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by bestselling author James McBride.
The story is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown's motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas - a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces - and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armoury at Harpers Ferry. Brown's raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. The Good Lord Bird weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.
The series also stars Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Madam Secretary), Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds), Nick Eversman (Wild), Jack Alcott (Champaign ILL), and Mo Brings Plenty (Yellowstone). Also appearing is a roster of talented guest stars including Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, David Morse (ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA) as Dutch Henry Sherman, Steve Zahn (War of the Planet of the Apes) as Chase, Maya Hawke (Stranger Things) as Annie Brown, Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49) as federal officer Jeb Stuart and Orlando Jones (American Gods) as The Rail Man. THE GOOD LORD BIRD is executive produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse Televition, Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Mark Richard, Padraic McKinley, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Albert Hughes, James McBride, Brian Taylor, Marshall Persinger, David Schiff.
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