Sterling K. Brown will star and executive produce on the television adaptation of Washington Black, a historic adventure around the world based on the award-winning novel by Canadian author Esi Edugyan.
Hulu, the American digital streaming service, gave Washington Black a direct order in series with Selwyn Seyfu Hinds adapting the book. The streamer has not confirmed where it will air in Canada.
Edugyan’s third novel, Washington Black, tells the story of Washington “Wash” Black, 11, a slave on a 19th century Barbados sugar plantation. When a man is killed, Wash has no choice but to escape his captors and finds himself on an epic adventure across the world. After years of crossing the icy tundra and documenting the Atlantic coasts, Wash becomes an artist, inventor and explorer.
The book won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s largest literary award, in 2018.
“I feel like I’m in good hands,” Edugyan said of the adaptation in a recent interview with CBC Books. “Glad to see it happen.”
Edugyan will present the Massey 2021 Lectures this fall. The lecture is based on his non-fiction book Out of the sun: on the run and storytelling.
Brown is an actor known for his Emmy-winning roles in It’s us and People v. OJ Simpson: An American Crime Story. He will play Medwin Harris, the larger-than-life leader of Halifax’s black community, where Wash took root and discovered his talent for scientific illustration.
“Washington Black inspires me! ”Brown said in a press release.
“This young man and the adventure he undertakes remind me of how the power of imagination and the creativity of art can transform the world we live in. Selwyn Seyfu Hinds echoed the transcendent lyrics of Esi Edugyan and has created a spectacular universe that brings to fruition the power of the possible. “