MN: Behind The Scenes – On March 9th, the world will #BreakFree with WGN America’s original new series, Underground, which stars actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell and actor Aldis Hodge. With so many quotable moments, it is hard to imagine Black America not tuning in on March 9th. During the 50th Anniversary of the Superbowl, sultry singer Beyonce visually and musically touched upon issues affecting African-Americans. Let’s take it a step closer with Underground.
Musician John Legend, who executive produces the series explains the soundscape in the clip below.
“All of the music I felt had to have a certain rawness. At any moment, they could lose their lives. – John Legend
Welcome to Underground: Follow the series @UndergroundWGN — #BreakFree
In addition to Underground’s musical inspiration, check out the first full length trailer:
‘Underground is intense, rich, and most importantly historic relevant’ – Karen Hudson, MN Behind The Scenes
ABOUT Underground / Press Release:
In WGN America’s “Underground,” a courageous blacksmith Noah (Aldis Hodge) covertly organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and pieces together a daring plan of escape across hundreds of miles to freedom. The odds of success are razor-thin for those who make it off the plantation, while the risks, dangers and obstacles multiply each step of the way.
“Underground” features an acclaimed cast, including Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“True Blood,” “Friday Night Lights”), Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton”), Christopher Meloni (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”), Alano Miller (“Jane The Virgin”), Jessica de Gouw (“Arrow,” “Dracula”), Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Adina Porter (“The 100”), Mykelti Williamson (“Justified,” “24”), Amirah Vann (“Girls,” “And So It Goes”), Johnny Ray Gill (“Rectify”), Chris Chalk (“Gotham”), Reed Diamond (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Theodus Crane (“The Walking Dead”), Renwick Scott (“Treme”) and Jussie Smollett (“Empire”).
“Underground” is created by Misha Green (“Sons Of Anarchy,” “Heroes”) and Joe Pokaski (“Daredevil,” “Heroes,”) who executive produce alongside Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) of Weed Road Pictures; and Joby Harold (“King Arthur,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Tory Tunnell (“King Arthur,” “Holy Rollers”) of Safehouse Pictures. Visionary artist and producer John Legend, an Academy Award, Golden Globe® and multi-Grammy Award winner, and his Get Lifted partnersMike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius executive produce. Additionally, Get Lifted oversees all elements of the show’s music. Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “Treme”) directs and serves as executive producer for the first four episodes.