Dee Rees is best known for her indie breakout “Pariah,” but she’s about to earn a massive new following thanks to “Mudbound.” The movie premiered to major acclaim at Sundance earlier this year, where it sold to Netflix in a $12.5 million deal. The ensemble cast includes Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Jonathan Banks and Garrett Hedlund.
The official synopsis reads: “Set against the backdrop of the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow era after World War II, ‘Mudbound’ is both a timeless and timely film following two families — one black, one white — bound together by the hardships of farm life.”
Netflix is planning an Oscar campaign for the movie, and Dee Rees could become the first black woman ever nominated for Best Director if the film takes off among voters. The movie will debut on the streaming platform and in select theaters Friday, November 17.
Watch the first trailer below.