If you thought HBO’s Watchmen took an interesting look at racism through the lens of sci-fi, get ready for Lovecraft Country. The new series coming to HBO debuted its trailer and a sneak peek from the first season during Comic-Con@Home.
Here’s the synopsis: “Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the ten-episode series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.”
Lovecraft Country is adapted from Matt Ruff’s best-selling 2016 novel of the same name. The series comes from showrunner and executive producer Misha Green with Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams also attached as executive producers. Take a look at a scene from the first season where Atticus, his friend Leti, and his father Montrose raid a museum after hours in the pursuit of the clues they’re desperately seeking.
Lovecraft Country debuts Sunday, August 16 at 9 pm on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
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