Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming film, “Mudbound.”
The film from writer/director Dee Rees (“Pariah”) was the talk of Sundance Film Festival when it screened there in January.
The official synopsis reads:
Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.
“Mudbound” follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.
The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.
The script was co-written by Dee Rees and Virgil Williams (“Criminal Minds”) from the novel by Hillary Jordan.
Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund previously appeared together in the film “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Jason Mitchell has had a busy year. In addition to “Mudbound,” he also appeared in “Kong: Skull Island,” and “Detroit.” He will also have a role in the upcoming film “The Disaster Artist” from James Franco.
Jason Clarke starred in “Terminator Genisys” and will soon star in the horror mystery “Winchester.”
Rob Morgan has become something of a Netflix favorite. He plays a recurring role as Officer Powell in the hit series “Stranger Things,” as well as “The Punisher.”
Grammy winning singer Mary J. Blige has appeared in a number of television shows, including “Empire,” “Black-ish,” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her original song “The Living Proof” in the film “The Help.”
“Mudbound” will begin an awards-eligibility limited theatrical run on November 17. It will also be available for streaming on Netflix the same day.