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Lovecraft Country
Lovecraft Country (TV series).jpg
Genre
Based onLovecraft Country
by Matt Ruff
Developed byMisha Green
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time53–68 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkHBO
External links
Website

Lovecraft Country is an upcoming American drama horror television series developed by Misha Green based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. It is set to premiere on August 16, 2020, on HBO.[1] The series is produced by Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers including Jordan Peele, Green, J. J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. The story is about a young African American who travels across the 1950s segregated United States in search of his missing father.

Premise

Lovecraft Country follows "Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. 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."[2]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Jurnee Smollett as Letitia "Leti" Dandridge
  • Jonathan Majors as Atticus Black
  • Aunjanue Ellis as Hippolyta Black, Atticus' aunt and a star-gazer with an itch for adventure
  • Abbey Lee as Christina Braithwhite, the sole daughter of the leader of a secret order known as the "Sons of Adam"
  • Jada Harris as Diana Black
  • Wunmi Mosaku as Ruby Dandridge, Leti's hustler half-sister
  • Michael Kenneth Williams as Montrose Freeman, Atticus' hard-headed and secretive father

Recurring

  • Courtney B. Vance as George Black, Atticus' warm, funny and well-read uncle.
  • Jamie Harris as Eustace Hunt, the county sheriff.
  • Jamie Chung as Ji-Ah, a seemingly naive nursing student who is more than she seems.
  • Jordan Patrick Smith as William, Christina's henchman and lover.
  • Jamie Neumann as Hillary
  • Erica Tazel as Dora Freeman
  • Mac Brandt as Lancaster
  • Tony Goldwyn as Samuel Braithwhite, leader of "Sons of Adam" and patriarch of his family, who views people as assets and objects, and outsiders — including his daughter Christina — as inferiors.

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten by [3]Original air date [4]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Sundown"[5]Yann DemangeMisha GreenAugust 16, 2020 (2020-08-16)TBD
2"Whitey's on the Moon"[6]Daniel SackheimMisha GreenAugust 23, 2020 (2020-08-23)TBD
3"Holy Ghost"[7]Daniel SackheimMisha GreenAugust 30, 2020 (2020-08-30)TBD
4"A History of Violence"[8]Victoria MahoneyStory by : Wes Taylor
Teleplay by : Misha Green
September 6, 2020 (2020-09-06)TBD
5"Strange Case"[9]Cheryl DunyeMisha Green and Jonathan Kidd & Sonya WintonSeptember 13, 2020 (2020-09-13)TBD
6"Meet Me in Daegu"[10]TBAMisha Green and Kevin LauSeptember 20, 2020 (2020-09-20)TBD
7"I Am."[11]TBAMisha Green and Shannon HoustonSeptember 27, 2020 (2020-09-27)TBD
8"Jig-A-Bobo"[12]TBAMisha Green and Belinda Ihuoma OfordireOctober 4, 2020 (2020-10-04)TBD
9"Rewind 1921"[13]TBAMisha Green & Jonathan Kidd & Sonya WintonOctober 11, 2020 (2020-10-11)TBD
10"Full Circle"[14]TBAStory by : Belinda Ihuoma Ofordire
Teleplay by : Misha Green
October 18, 2020 (2020-10-18)TBD

Production

Development

On May 16, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given a series order to Lovecraft Country. Executive producers include Misha Green, Jordan Peele, J. J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. Additionally, Green serves as the series' showrunner and wrote the pilot episode. Production companies involved in the series include Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television. It was reported that Peele originally brought the project to Bad Robot Productions and enlisted Green to develop the show.[15][16][17][18]

On March 5, 2018, it was announced that Yann Demange would direct and executive produce the pilot episode.[2][19][20]

Casting

On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Jurnee Smollett had been cast as the series' female lead.[21] On May 2, 2018, it was reported that Jonathan Majors had joined the main cast as the series' male lead.[22] A day later, it was reported that Wunmi Mosaku had also been cast as a series regular.[23] On June 19, 2018, it was announced that Aunjanue Ellis and Elizabeth Debicki had been cast as series regulars and that Courtney B. Vance had joined the series in a recurring capacity.[24] On October 10, 2018, it was reported that Michael Kenneth Williams had been cast in a leading role.[25] On June 14, 2019, it was reported that Abbey Lee had replaced Elizabeth Debicki in the role of Christina Braithwaite, whilst Jamie Chung and Jordan Patrick Smith had been cast in recurring roles.[26] On June 20, 2019, it was announced that Jamie Neumann, Erica Tazel, and Mac Brandt had been cast in recurring capacities.[27] In July 2019, Tony Goldwyn joined the cast.[28]

Filming

Principal photography for the series began on July 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.[29] Filming also reportedly took place at the Chicago Cinespace Film Studios[30] in Elburn, Illinois[31] and White Pines State Park in Mount Morris, Illinois,[32] and Macon, Georgia.[33]

Release

Lovecraft Country is set to premiere on August 16, 2020, on HBO, and will consist of ten episodes.[34][35][1]

Reception

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Lovecraft Country holds an approval rating of 100% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 8.64/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Anchored by Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jonathan Majors' heroic performances, Misha Green's Lovecraft Country is a thrilling take on Lovecraftian lore that proves the Elder Gods aren't the only thing that goes bump in the cosmos."[36] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[37]

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