Octavia E. Butler was regarded as a pioneer in Black literature until she passed away in 2006. She became known as the “Queen Mother of Science Fiction” to many thanks to books like Fledgling and Parable of the Sower. But Kindred is currently getting a TV adaptation and is regarded as a staple of Butler’s illustrious catalog of books.
The plot of the Hugo Award-winning novel, which was published in 1979, concentrates on the interracial couple Dana James and Kevin Franklin, whose lives are abruptly turned upside down when Dana starts to shift between the present and Maryland in 1815. Kindred employs science fiction to reproduce one of the worst crimes committed in the United States while it was still active.
The novel will be adapted by FX into an eight-episode limited series. The series showrunner is Pulitzer Prize-winning producer of Watchmen Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, while the pilot is directed by Zola filmmaker Janicza Bravo. Here is all the information we have about Kindred.
Breakout sensation Mallori Johnson plays the main character Dana in Kindred and is most recognized for her work on WeCrashed. Micah Stock, who has been in The Right Stuff and Bonding, plays her on-screen spouse Kevin.
Dana will meet Stranger Things star David Alexander Kaplan, who portrays Rufus, a small kid of slave owners the Weylins, once she travels into the past. Ryan Kwanten, best known for his part in Glorious, plays patriarch Thomas Weylin, while Gayle Rankin, best known for her work in GLOW, plays matriarch Margaret Weylin.
The remaining cast members include Sheria Irving, Austin Smith (Russian Doll), Antoinette Crowe-Legacy (Godfather of Harlem), and Sophina Brown (Ravenwood) (the Twenties).
The official Kindred Hulu synopsis is as follows:
“Adapted from the celebrated novel Kindred, by Hugo Award-winner Octavia E. Butler, the FX series centers on Dana James (Mallori Johnson), a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own. But, before she can settle into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time. She emerges at a nineteenth-century plantation, a place remarkably and intimately linked with Dana and her family. Interracial romance threads through Dana’s past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront secrets she never knew ran through her blood, in this genre-breaking exploration of the ties that bind.”
Kindred Release date
On Tuesday, December 13, Hulu will broadcast all eight episodes of Kindred in the US. Later on, the series will be made available on Disney Plus in the UK and other countries under the Star name.