Michael K. Williams Join Cast Of HBO’s Lovecraft Country SeriesPosted by Wilson Morales
October 10, 2018
Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire) has been cast in a lead role opposite Jurnee-Smollett Bell and Jonathan Majors in HBO’s drama series Lovecraft Country, from Oscar winner Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Misha Green and Warner Bros Television
He joins Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Courtney B. Vance and Elizabeth Debicki
The pilot will be written by Underground executive producer/writer Misha Green. Peele will be exec producer along with Green, Abrams and Ben Stephenson. Green will also be show runner.
Based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black (Majors). After his father goes missing, Black joins up with his friend Letitia “Leti” Dandridge (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. The goal is an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective.
Jonathan Majors has the role as Atticus Black, Jurnee-Smollett Bell as Letitia ‘Leti’ Dandridge, and Wunmi Mosaku as Ruby Dandridge, a hustler just like her half-sister Leticia, only her hustles haven’t paid off. Her family ties are tested when she’s presented with an offer she can’t refuse. Aunjanue Ellis, Courtney B. Vance and Elizabeth Debicki will play the roles of Hippolyta Black, George Black and Christina Braithwhite respectively.
Williams will play Montrose Freeman, Atticus’ father. Hard headed and secretive, he’s always believed you can’t live in a fantasy world, which is why he despises his son’s pulp novels. Most of the books on his shelf are nonfiction, history, and political theory. The guys at the local bar call him a communist, but today we’d just call him conscious.