Courtney B. Vance Boards Jordan Peele’s HBO Series ‘Lovecraft Country’

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HBO added a trio of new cast members — Courtney B. Vance, Elizabeth Debicki abd Aunjanue Ellis — to “Lovecraft Country,” its upcoming drama from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions.

The three will star opposite Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jonathan Majors and Wunmi Mosaku.

“Lovecraft Country,” which is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, 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, according to the series’ description.

Vance will portray George Black, Atticus’ (Majors) uncle and publisher of the “Safe Negro Travel Guide,” while Ellis will play George’s wife, Hippolyta. Debicki, meanwhile, will star as Christina Braithwhite, the only daughter of Samuel Braithwhite, the leader of a secret order calling themselves the “Sons of Adam.”

“Underground” creator Misha Green will write the pilot and serve as showrunner. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson will also serve as executive producers alongside Green and Peele. Along with Monkeypaw Productions, the series is from Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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