One of the best reasons to watch HBO’s “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” was for Michael Kenneth Williams‘ performance. Now, he’ll be taking his talents to HBO’s brand new high-profile straight-to-series drama “Lovecraft Country”, from Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Misha Green and Warner Bros Television. Deadline first reported the news.
Penned by Green based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff, “Lovecraft Country” follows Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Thus 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.
Williams will play Montrose Freeman, Atticus’ father. Hard-headed and secretive, he’s always believed you can’t live in a fantasy world, which is why he despises his son’s pulp novels. Most of the books on his shelf are nonfiction, history, and political theory. The guys at the local bar call him a communist, but today we’d just call him conscious.
In addition to Majors and Smollett-Bell, “Lovecraft Country” also stars Courtney B. Vance, Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Jamie Harris and Elizabeth Debicki.
Peele and Green executive produce, along with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson, David Knoller and Yann Demange, who directs the first episode.