Via Deadline this morning, Courtney B. Vance (“American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson”), Aunjanue Ellis (“Quantico”) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Tale) have landed major roles in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,“ starring alongside the previously announced Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors and Wunmi Mosaku.
Vance will recur, while Ellis and Debicki will be series regulars.
Based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff and written by Misha Green, “‘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.“
Majors’ Atticus Black is a Korean war vet who always has a pulp novel in his back pocket, and wears his heart on his sleeve despite the daily injustice of living in Jim Crow America. Vance’s George Black has always been like a father to Atticus. Warm, funny, and well read, he was the first to introduce Atticus to the wonderful and strange world of pulp novels. As the publisher of the “Safe Negro Travel Guide” he’s been on enough adventures to understand there’s no place like home.
British helmer Yann Demange is set to direct and executive produce the first episode.
The series comes from Jordan Peele (Get Out) and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television.