What would another week in pop culture be without a Jordan Peele-project update? This week it involves the HBO drama Lovecraft Country, in which Peele will produce along with heavyweights like screenwriter Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and many others. It was just announced over at Deadline that award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance has been added to an impressive cast that already includes Elizabeth Debicki (The Cloverfield Paradox), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood) and Aunjanue Ellis (The Birth of a Nation.)
Vance has signed on to play the character George Black on Country. Black is the uncle of main character Atticus Black, played by Jonathan Majors (When We Rise.) Vance has a long and distinguished acting career dating back to the mid-1980s, including roles in Final Destination 5 and Dangerous Minds. Fans may remember him most recently as giving an amazingly accurate portrayal of the late Johnnie Cochran in the 2016 FX mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which earned him an Emmy award.
Lovecraft Country is based on the 2016 novel by writer Matt Ruff, who will also get a writing credit on the series. The story revolves around a young black man (Majors) who travels across the Jim Crow-era American south in search of his missing father. But don’t worry horror fans…there are plenty of horror and science fiction-themed elements throughout the story and the journey to pique your interest.
While the series is currently in pre-production, HBO has yet to release an official release date. With so many big Hollywood names attached, viewers and horror fans should expect big things.
Stay tuned to HNN as we report any Lovecraft Country news as it breaks!