Ethan Hawke as John Brown

Ethan Hawke stars as the violent abolitionist John Brown in the upcoming limited series 'The Good Lord Bird,' premiering on Showtime on Sunday, October 4th.

'The Good Lord Bird' Trailer #1

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Here is the official synopsis:

Based on the National Book Award winning novel by bestselling author James McBride, the series is produced by Blumhouse Television, the studio behind the Golden Globe® Award winning and Critics’ Choice®, Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominated series 'The Loudest Voice.'

'The Good Lord Bird' is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of John Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was an event that hastened the Civil War.

'The Good Lord Bird' weaves a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America, spotlighting the complicated and ever-changing racial, religious and gender roles that make up the American identity.

The series also stars Critics’ Choice winner and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Ellar Coltrane ('Boyhood'), Nick Eversman ('Wild'), Beau Knapp ('Seven Seconds'), Mo Brings Plenty ('Yellowstone'), Jack Alcott ('Champaign ILL') and Hubert Point-Du Jour ('Madam Secretary'). And a roster of talented guest stars including Tony® Award winner Daveed Diggs ('Hamilton') as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Emmy® nominee David Morse ('Escape at Dannemora') as Dutch Henry Sherman, Steve Zahn ('War of the Planet of the Apes') as Chase, Maya Hawke ('Stranger Things') as Annie Brown, Wyatt Russell ('Lodge 49') as federal officer Jeb Stuart, Orlando Jones ('American Gods') as The Rail Man, among others.

'The Good Lord Bird' is executive produced by Jason Blum, Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Mark Richard, Padraic McKinley, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Albert Hughes, James McBride, Brian Taylor, Marshall Persinger and David Schiff.

'The Good Lord Bird,' premieres on Showtime on Sunday, October 4th.