More of the cast list for HBO‘s subversive new sci-fi series Lovecraft Country has just been announced via Deadline. While it was announced back in April that Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground), Jonathan Majors (Hostiles) and Wunmi Mosaku (Luther) would feature, now Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson), Aunjanue Ellis (Quantico) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Tale) have been added to the roster. Ellis and Debicki will be regulars in the series, while Vance will take a recurring role.
According to Deadline, Lovecraft Country:
“…follows Atticus Black as he joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This 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.”
Atticus Black (Majors) is a Korean war veteran who wears his heart on his sleeve despite living day-to-day in the injustice of 50s America, and always has a pulp novel tucked in his back pocket. His well-read uncle George Black (Vance) has always been a fatherly figure to Atticus and was the first to introduce him to the weird world of pulp fiction. Ellis will play Atticus’ star-gazing aunt, Hippolyta, while Debicki will portray the daughter of the leader of a mysterious order called the “Sons of Adam”. Based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, we can expect the series to likewise use cosmic horror and science fiction as a foil to show just how horrific racism can be.
Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams are spearheading the series with their respective production companies Monkeypaw Productions and Bad Robot. Misha Green will be the showrunner and write the pilot, while Yen Demange will direct and executive produce. Peele, Abrams, Green, Demange and Ben Stephenson will executive produce the series.