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‘The Underground Railroad’: How to watch in SA, fan reaction

Andile Sicetsha - 14.05.2021

Thuso Mbedu stars as Cora Randall in ‘The Underground Railroad’. Here’s everything you need to know about the show.

Finally, Thuso Mbedu’s hour to shine in the glory of her hard work has come as The Underground Railroad premiered on Friday.

The Underground Railroad: What’s the show about?

Millions of South Africans will be pressed to hit ‘play’ on the first episode of the Barry Jenkins-directed series that’s based on Colson Whitehead novel of the same name.

If there was an allegory to former president Nelson Mandela’s iconic phrase, “a long walk to freedom,” it would be well depicted in this series.

The Underground Railroad is a mash-up of a period piece and science fiction. The series takes place in an alternative timeline where slaves from Georgia use this hidden passage to escape to freedom.

The movie is set in the 1800s and stars top-tier actors like:

  • Thuso Mbedu as Cora Randall
  • Chase W. Dillon as Homer
  • Aaron Pierre as Caesar
  • Joel Edgerton as Ridgeway

How to watch The Underground Railroad in South Africa

The first season of The Underground Railroad premieres on Friday 14 May 2021, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Viewers who want to tune into the show will have to get a subscription to the streaming service. Check out our comparison guide on the price offerings between Prime Video, Netflix and Showmax in South Africa.

Fans react to Mbedu’s performance

Already, nocturnal fans of Mbedu were quick to hit ‘play’ when the show popped up on the Prime Video home screen. These are some of the reactions we have picked out from social media: