The Good Lord Bird

Release Date:   2/16/20 Series Premiere; Showtime (Limited)
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  NR
Director(s):  Albert Hughes, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Michael Nankin
Studio(s):   Blumhouse Television, Showtime Networks

Cast:   Joshua Caleb Johnson (Onion), Ethan Hawke (John Brown), Daveed Diggs (Frederick Douglass), Orlando Jones (The Rail Man), Wyatt Russell (U.S. Army Officer J. E. B. Stuart), McKinley Belcher III (Broadnax), Rafael Casal (Cook), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Bob), David Morse (Dutch Henry Sherman), Wyatt Russell (Jeb Stuart)

Story  Filmmaker Albert Hughes is joining as executive producer and will make his television directorial debut helming multiple episodes of the new Showtime limited series The Good Lord Bird from Blumhouse Television, based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by bestselling author James McBride.  The Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Johnson-Lionel), a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of John Brown’s (Hawke) motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War.  The eight-part limited event series will premiere on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10 PM ET/PT.  Source(s):  Deadline; IMDB; Vital Thrills; Wikipedia.