When it comes to on-screen portrayals of slavery, typically what’s not shown is the bravery and fierceness of our enslaved ancestors. While Nate Parker’s film about Nat Turner promises to offer another perspective to the historical genre, WGN’s new series, Underground, aims to highlight some of the harrowing moments from the Underground Railroad.

Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Mykelti Williamson, Amirah Vann, Reed Diamond, Alano Miller, Adina Porter, Johnny Ray Gill, and Theodus Crane, Underground follows a group of enslaved men and women who attempt the greatest escape in history. While the plot could get them all killed, the men and women are willing to pay the ultimate price for their freedom.

Underground is produced by John Legend and will begin its 10-episode run on WGN America on March 9, 2016.

Take a look at the first two trailers from the series. 


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