WGN America released six character posters for its new Underground Railroad drama “Underground” on Sunday.
The series follows follows a group of plantation slaves who band together for the fight for their lives and their freedom as they make the perilous journey from the deep South to the North.
The series stars Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Amriah Vann, and Alano Miller. In addition, Smollett-Bell’s brother, “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, will appear on the series as a runaway slave.
Misha Green wrote and created the series along with Joe Pokaski. The pair also serve as executive producers alongside Academy Award-winning writer Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures; Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures; and Academy Award-winning songwriter John Legend, along with Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius of Get Lifted.
Anthony Hemingway directs and serves as executive producer for the first four episodes. Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios are producing.
“Underground” is set to premiere on WGN in early 2016
See the new posters along with a character description for each below.
- Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton,” “Leverage,” “Turn”) as Noah, a slave blacksmith who organizes a small team of fellow slaves on the Macon plantation to plan an escape
- Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“Friday Night Lights,” “True Blood,”) as Rosalee, a shy house slave with a powerful inner strength and courage
-Christopher Meloni (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Wet Hot American Summer”) as August Pullman, a secretive traveler who walks a tightrope between morality and survival
-Alano Miller (“Jane The Virgin”) as Cato, a cunning, charismatic man despised and feared by his fellow slaves
-Jessica de Gouw (“Arrow,” “Dracula”) as Elizabeth Hawkes, a socialite who shares the abolitionist ideals of her husband, John
-Amirah Vann (“Girls,” “And So It Goes”) as Ernestine, the head house slave and a fiercely devoted mother.