Michael Kenneth Williams Joins Lovecraft Country

The actor has come aboard the adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel.

Michael Kenneth Williams is returning to HBO. The actor, well-known for his roles as Omar Little on The Wire, Albert “Chalky” White on Boardwalk Empire, and Freddy Knight on The Night Of, is officially on-board for new hour-long drama series Lovecraft Country.

The show, which is based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name, follows Atticus Black as he joins his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Williams). What follows is a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

Williams’ character, Montrose Freeman, is a hard-headed and secretive man, who has always believed you can’t live in a fantasy world — creating friction between him and his pulp novel-loving son.

Jordan Peele (Get Out) will be executive producing the series through his company Monkey Paw Productions, alongside J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson of Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Indie film director Yann Demange (White Boy Rick) will be executive producing and directing the first episode, and Misha Green (Underground) joins the team as both a writer and executive producer of the series.