The first official trailer for Mudbound paints a picture of racism and post-traumatic stress for two men returning home to rural Mississippi after serving in World War II. Directed by Dee Rees and based on the book of the same name by Hillary Jordan, the latest Netflix original production is all set to tackle some of the most sensitive social issues of American history that continue to reverberate today.
Backed by an adapted screenplay co-written by Rees and Virgil Williams, Mudbound stars Garrett Hedlund (Unbroken) and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) as Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson. After returning home to a country still divided by racial bigotry, oppression, and violence, Hedlund and Mitchell struggle to come to terms with a world that doesn’t see them as brothers in arms.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers can catch their first look behind the scenes at everything Mudbound will have to offer general viewers when the film makes its way to Netflix later this fall. Alongside the starring turns offered by Hedlund and Mitchell, Rees’ latest cinematic outing also hosts supporting turns from the likes of Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), and Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys).
By the looks of things, Rees has something special up her sleeves with her latest directorial outing that could serve to set the up-and-coming filmmaker on track for serious Oscar season consideration early next year. Mudbound definitely isn’t holding anything back when it comes to examining the harsher aspects of American history, and in its unflinching depiction of racism it thematically stands alongside such contemporary 2017 releases as Get Out and Detroit.
Hedlund is steadily becoming a bigger star in Hollywood, as is Mitchell following his head-turning performance as the late hip-hop icon Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton from 2015. Comparatively, Rees will serve to build upon her work past work in directing the 2015 HBO bio-pic Bessie – which starred Queen Latifah as legendary blues performer Bessie Smith – with the impending release of Mudbound, making the film a production that no Netflix subscriber will want to miss out on seeing for themselves.
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