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Joshua Johnson-Lionel To Star In Showtime’s ‘The Good Lord Bird’

Joshua Johnson-Lionel To Star In Showtime’s ‘The Good Lord Bird’

Exclusive: Joshua Johnson-Lionel is set to star opposite Ethan Hawke in the forthcoming Showtime limited series The Good Lord Bird from Blumhouse Television.

Based on the National Book Award-winning novel of the same name by James McBride, Johnson-Lionel will step into the lead role of Onion (aka Henry Shackleford), a mixed-race slave working in a tavern in the Kansas Territory when his father is killed during a confrontation between his slave master and the fervent abolitionist John Brown (Hawke). Mistaking him for a girl, Brown sweeps Onion into his army of Free Staters composed mostly of his many sons, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War.

Hawke is co-writing and executive producing The Good Lord Bird with award-winning author and producer Mark Richard.

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