In Barry Jenkins' new series, Thuso Mbedu plays protagonist Cora Randall, who is pursued by villainous slave catcher Arnold Ridgeway, played by Joel Edgerton.
Barry Jenkins' series "The Underground Railroad" premieres on Amazon today. The drama, based on a Pulitzer-winning novel, follows a young woman's bid for freedom.
"This history they think is so far removed is a reality for people in the present day,' Thuso Mbedu tells 'Newsweek' about the impact of slavery and why 'The Underground Railroad' is such an important story to tell.
"The Lion King 2" has been announced as an upcoming project for "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, with a script that is said to explore the origin story of Mufasa.
After Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced "La La Land" as best picture, Barry Jenkins's mesmerizing coming-of-age film ultimately got the award.
'I, Daniel Blake' and 'Moonlight' were also big winners.
The "Moonlight" and "High-Rise" directors tell Newsweek how film can represent a wider range of experience.
"Moonlight" follows the story of a poor, black, gay boy growing up in downtown Miami at the height of the 1980s crack epidemic.