The highly-anticipated historical horror drama series Lovecraft Country is set to premiere on HBO this August—and we now have our first look at the show via a bone-chilling new trailer. Based on the popular novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, this monstrous new show is created by Underground's Misha Green, Bad Robot mastermind J.J. Abrams, and horror writer, director, and producer Jordan Peele. It follows a young African-American man, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), who joins forces with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to track down Atticus's missing father (Michael K. Williams). Set in the 1950s, the trio must navigate the vile bigotry and racism that permeates Jim Crow America. They must also do battle with cosmic creatures and soul-swallowing monsters ripped straight from an H.P. Lovecraft horror tale.
The first trailer for Lovecraft Country dropped on Friday, May 1st, and it delivers an exciting blend of swampy Southern nightmares, richly textured historical backdrops, and a killer soundtrack. Set to Wilson Pickett's rousing "Land of 1,000 Dances", which warps to a zombie pace as the trailer progresses, the new trailer promises heaps of fun, fear, and a powerful assessment of America's fractured race relations. The trailer also gives us our first look at the corporeal terrors that await.
Take a look at the trailer below. Then keep an eye out for the series, which is set to premiere on HBO in August.
Watch the trailer for Lovecraft Country below!
Featured image from 'Lovecraft Country' via HBO.