Weird fiction is making a return to TV with HBO's Lovecraft Country.

We now know Jurnee Smollett-Bell (WGN's Underground) will be Lovecraft Country's female lead, Letita. The series will be the second time she has worked with Misha Green (also from Underground). Jonathan Majors (Hostiles) will in turn be the series' male lead – Korean War veteran Atticus Black.  

Lovecraft Country is based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff with the screen treatment by Green. It follows Atticus Black (Majors) with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George as they journey across Jim Crow America in the 1950's to find Black's missing father. In the process, they must survive the racist terrors around them and also fight terrifying monsters seemingly ripped from the mind of Lovecraft – adding a weird fiction twist to what already looks to be another incredible piece of polemical horror from Jordan Peele, and one of the number of projects his Monkeypaw Productions has in its pipeline, including a take on The Twilight Zone and a tale of 1970's nazi hunters among others. J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions will also be producing.

We don’t yet have a premiere date for Lovecraft Country as it still in pre-production. Stay tuned to The 405 for more as we hear it.