Showtime has debuted the first trailer for their limited series adaptation of James McBride’s National Book Award-winning novel “The Good Lord Bird” which has been developed by and stars Ethan Hawke.
The story follows Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of the motley family of controversial abolitionist John Brown (Hawke) during the period dubbed ‘Bleeding Kansas’.
At the time the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually Brown finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. The raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but is considered the event that officially kicked off the U.S. Civil War.
Ellar Coltrane, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Beau Knapp, Nick Eversman, Jack Alcott and Mo Brings Plenty star while guest appearances include Daveed Diggs, David Morse, Steve Zahn, Maya Hawke, Wyatt Russell and Orlando Jones.
Jason Blum, Ethan & Ryan Hawke, Mark Richard, Padraic McKinley, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Albert Hughes, James McBride, Brian Taylor, Marshall Persinger and David Schiff all executive produce.
The series is set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, August 9th.