Aldis Hodge as Noah and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Rosalee in WGN America’s Underground
WGN America

On Wednesday, WGN America announced the premiere date for its upcoming series Underground and released trailers for the thriller.

The 10-episode series follows the lives of a group of men and women as they escape from slavery. It is executive-produced by John Legend and his Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius.


Underground’s cast includes such names as Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Jussie Smollett (Empire), Christopher Meloni (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Alano Miller (Jane the Virgin), ‎Jessica de Gouw (Arrow), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), ‎Adina Porter (The 100), Mykelti Williamson (Justified), ‎Amirah Vann (Girls), Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify), Chris Chalk (Gotham), Reed Diamond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Theodus Crane (The Walking Dead) and Renwick Scott (Treme).

Hodge’s character, Noah, is a blacksmith who organizes his fellow slaves on a Georgia plantation to devise an escape plan. The series follows the dangers they encounter along the way.


The two trailers released are from two distinct perspectives. “The Plan” is told from Noah’s viewpoint:

“Wanted” is told from the perspective of the slave owner, played by Diamond.

Underground premieres March 9 on WGN.