Netflix has officially released the first trailer for Mudbound, and this is a movie that is already gaining Oscar buzz. Co-written and directed by Dee Rees (Bessie), this film is based on the Hillary Jordan novel of the same name and takes place in the 1940s, where it revolves around two families—one white and one black—who live on one farm. The black family works the farm for the white family, but the stories of the characters are endlessly intertwined as they navigate racism, poverty, and World War II side by side.
Earlier this year, Netflix acquired the film for $12.5 million, and it looks like the investment was certainly worth it as this could be Netflix’s first major Oscar contender, and Dee Rees could become the first black woman to ever be nominated for Best Director. The film will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival this week where it will undoubtedly pick up even more buzz.
The film stars Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks. Mudbound will be available on Netflix and released in theaters on November 17th.
Check out the Mudbound trailer above.