Following up on last month’s teaser trailer for Lovecraft Country, HBO this week went one step further to whet the appetites of future viewers: synopses of the first five episodes of the upcoming horror/drama.
The 10-episode series–based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff and adapted by showrunner Misha Green–will debut on HBO Aug. 16, as reported by comingsoon.net.
The show follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) as they “take a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America” to find his missing father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). The journey “begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist horrors of White America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.”
The synopses for the first five episodes read as follows:
Episode 1 (Aug. 16)--“Sundown”: Atticus, Letitia and George set out to find Montrose. They travel to Ardham, Mass. and encounter dangers “at every turn, especially after sundown.”
Episode 2 (Aug. 23)--“Whitney’s on the Moon”: Atticus grows suspicious of their Ardham Lodge hosts–Christina and Samuel–who unveil plans for Atticus in their “Sons of Adam” ceremony.
Episode 3 (Aug. 30)--“Holy Ghost”: Letitia turns an old house on Chicago’s North Side into a boarding house, an effort that “stokes racism and awakens dormant spirits stuck in the house.”
Episode 4 (Sept. 6)--“A History of Violence”: After Christina shows up on her doorstep, Letitia confronts Atticus about his plan to return to Florida. Later, in a search for the missing pages of a crucial text, Letitia, Atticus and Montrose head to Boston.
Episode 5 (Sept. 13)--“Strange Case”: Letitia’s sister Ruby “steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide.” And a betrayal by Montrose “unleashes Atticus’ pent-up rage, leaving Letitia deeply disturbed.”
The ensemble cast also includes Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Jamie Harris and Abbey Lee. J.J. Abrams, Jordan Peele, Yann Demange and Daniel Sackheim will serve as the show’s executive producers.
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