Wunmi Mosaku Joins HBO's Supernatural Racial Drama 'Lovecraft Country' From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams
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Wunmi Mosaku Joins HBO's Supernatural Racial Drama 'Lovecraft Country' From Misha Green, Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams

Wunmi Mosaku has landed a key series regular role in HBO’s upcoming supernatural racial drama Lovecraft Country. 

Underground showrunner Misha Green is the scriptwriter and executive produces with Jordan Peele through his Monkeypaw Productions and J.J. Abrams through Bad Robot. Ben Stephenson and David Knoller also executive produce. Yann Demage is directing the pilot and executive produces. Warner Bros Television is the studio.

Focusing on members of two black families and described as “a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism,” here’s the story Lovecraft Country tells, courtesy of the publisher: Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.

Deadline, who broke the news, says Majors will star as Rudy Dandridge, “a hustler just like her half-sister Leticia (Smollett), only her hustles haven’t paid off. Her family ties are tested when she’s presented with an offer she can’t refuse.”

Critics call the book a “brilliant” and “wondrous” work that combines historical fiction, pulp noir and “Lovecraftian” (named after horror fiction author H. P. Lovecraft) horror and fantasy.

Mosaku is having a moment right now, and this could be her true stateside breakthrough. She won a BAFTA for her recent role in BBC’s Damilola, Our Loved Boy and currently stars in the Channel 4/Hulu drama Kiri and Netflix’s The End of the F**king World.

Up next she’ll also co-star with Idris Elba in the new season of Luther and star in the buzzy horror project His House for New Regency.

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