As if I needed another reason to be excited about “Underground” season 2.
Deadline is reporting John Legend, who serves as executive producer of the show, will guest star as abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the upcoming season.
Born into slavery, Douglass refused to let his circumstance determine his future. After he daringly escaped bondage in Maryland, he went on to become one of the most revolutionary leaders of the 19th century. A prominent writer, celebrated speaker and progressive political reformist, Douglass was a beacon of hope for many and a symbol of remarkable resilience. Season 2 of the original drama from Sony Pictures Television is in production in Savannah, GA, for premiere in early 2017 on WGN America.
Douglass is among a growing list of historical figures featured in the Underground Railroad thriller. The cable network recently announced that Aisha Hinds is stepping into a recurring guest star role as Harriet Tubman, and Underground also includes renowned African-American abolitionist William Still (Chris Chalk) and notorious slave trader Patty Cannon (Sadie Stratton). The 10-episode new season follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice.
“Underground” season is currently filming in Savannah, Georgia.
In other John Legend news….
John better flex his black man magic!