Based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, Stan’s upcoming series of the same name is raking in acclaim for its rich depiction of Antebellum America. Actor Ethan Hawke both executive produced the series and stars as historical abolitionist John Brown, who in 1859 led an infamous raid on the U.S. Armory to instigate a slave revolt.
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The show’s tapestry of racial, religious and gender conflict seems to make it one of the most relevant stories of recent times, looking back at the birth of a nation that’s still violently reckoning with itself today. You can check out the exciting trailer below, which should give you a good idea of the Gothic storytelling you can expect to watch on October 4.
From the producers of Get Out and BlackKklansman, The Good Lord Bird also stars Wyatt Russell and Daveed Diggs, who you might remember as the flamboyant Lafayette in Disney Plus’ Hamilton. The series has been described as unexpectedly humorous, and you definitely get a sense of that from the above trailer, with its percussive Guy Ritchie-esque action and one of Brown’s soldiers warning him that ‘the cheese done slid off your biscuit’.
The pilot episode of The Good Lord Bird premieres October 4, and new episodes will be released weekly after that, at the exact same time as the US airdate. That means you have enough time to pick up the book and make a decent dent in it, before seeing the historical events brought to vibrant life by Hawke and friends!