‘Mudbound’ Trailer: Netflix Enters Oscars Race With Southern Racial Drama

Dee Rees’ film next plays at the Toronto International Film Festival

With Oscars season now in full swing, Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for its major film contender this year, Dee Rees’ “Mudbound.”

After drawing raves at the Sundance Film Festival in January, it’s next set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival before launching on Netflix and opening in theaters Nov. 17.

Set in the rural American South during World War II, the racially charged drama centers on two families bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Jason Clarke and Carey Mulligan play a married couple working to keep their small farming business alive in harsh climates. Mary J. Blige earned raves at Sundance for her performance as a sharecropper who’s worked the land for generations, but struggles to keep her family afloat in the racist climate.

Garrett Hedlund co-stars as a man returning from war who strikes up a friendship with a black soldier (Jason Mitchell).

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Rees, who also penned the screenplay, last directed Queen Latifah in the Emmy-winning HBO movie, “Bessie.”

Watch the trailer for “Mudbound” above.