Ethan Hawke (left) stars as John Brown and Joshua Johnson-Lionel is Onion in “The Good Lord Bird,” a limited cable series on Showtime, beginning Aug. 9.

“The Good Lord Bird,” Ethan Hawke’s Showtime series that was filmed in Virginia starting last summer, has a new premiere date: Sunday, Aug. 9, on Showtime at 10 p.m.

Hawke stars as the controversial abolitionist John Brown in the seven-episode series from Blumhouse Television, based on the National Book Award-winning novel of the same title by James McBride.(Brown led an attempted slave insurrection and attack on the federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia; Marines led by U.S. Army officer Robert E. Lee captured Brown and his raiders. Brown’s 1859 raid has been called a dress rehearsal for the Civil War, the portent of that savage conflict.)

Watch the trailer here:

Virginia writer Mark Richard served as the main screenwriter and showrunner for the series.

“The Good Lord Bird” filmed in Powhatan—where the crew built an entire Western town—Church Hill, Rocketts Landing, downtown Richmond and Petersburg.The series stars Ethan Hawke, who also served as executive producer, Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”), Steve Zahn (“Planet of the Apes”), Orlando Jones (“American Gods”), Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), Wyatt Russell (“Lodge 49”) and Maya Hawke (“Stranger Things”).

The series was originally set to premiere in February but was pushed back to the late summer. Go to for more.

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