Author James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird is set to hit our screens in a seven-episode event series starring Ethan Hawke.

Harking from Blumhouse’s television arm, Hawke plays controversial abolitionist John Brown, in what looks to be a captivatingly bonkers performance.

The series is set amongst events leading up to the American Civil War, and also stars Daveed Diggs and relative newcomer Joshua Caleb Johnson-Lionel.

The Good Lord Bird is set to air locally from August 9. Here’s a bit of a look at it: