Apple TV+ will premiere Lincoln’s Dilemma, a four-part docuseries about Abraham’s Lincoln complex journey towards declaring the end of American slavery at the height of the Civil War, on February 18.
All four episodes of the series, which is derived from David S. Reynolds’ award-winning book Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times, will be available to stream on the day of premiere.
The project joins the streamer’s growing slate of original docs, which includes such notable titles like Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry and Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground, both of which were shortlisted for the Academy Award and longlisted for the BAFTA for best documentary within the last month.
Expanding its lens from the president’s personal and political struggle to declare general emancipation as part of the Union war effort, Lincoln’s Dilemma incorporates the voices and stories of enslaved persons themselves, giving a wider-ranging portrait of America at one of the most fractious and violent moments in its history.
Featuring narration by Jeffrey Wright (Westworld, No Time to Die, the upcoming The Batman) as well as the voices of veteran character actor Bill Camp (who previously played a supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln) as the “Great Emancipator” and Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami…, Harriet, Hamilton) as legendary anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass, the series will also include contributions from noted journalists and Lincoln scholars, as well as rarely seen archival materials.
Produced by Eden Productions and Kunhardt Films, Lincoln’s Dilemma is co-directed by Jacqueline Olive and Barak Goodman, who also executive produce with Peter Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, George Kunhardt, Josh Tyrangiel, and Richard Plepler.