Monday, October 12, 2015

FIRST CHARACTER POSTERS RELEASED FOR WGN'S HISTORICAL SERIES 'UNDERGROUND' WITH CHRISTOPHER MELONI, ALDIS HODGE, JUSSIE SMOLLETT, MARC BLUCAS, JESSICA DE GOUW

'UNDERGROUND' EPIC SERIES 
FIRST CAST POSTERS ARE OUT
Straight from New York Comic Con we're bringing you the first cast images or character posters released by WGN for their upcoming new epic pre American Civil War TV series UNDERGROUND featuring the faces of  Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett Bell, Christopher Meloni (as August, a secretive mercenary who walks a tightrope between survival and morality), Alano Miller (as a charismatic slave on the plantation who is despised and feared by the other slaves), Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann (as head house slave, who is an expert in navigating the upstairs/downstairs life on the plantation ) whose characters are trying to reach freedom in different ways!

ESCAPE TO FREEDOM
Underground centres on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Along the way, they are aided by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the UNDERGROUND Railroad as they attempt to evade the people charged with bringing them back, dead or alive. The story is told through a group of plantation slaves who band together to fight for their future and their individual freedom!

JOHN LEGEND DOING THE MUSIC
Produced by Akiva Goldsman, and set to premiere sometime early next year, UNDERGROUND also stars EMPIRE superstar Jussie Smollett (as wild-eyed runaway who doesn’t trust anyone, not even those stationed along the way who would try to help him), ONE TREE HILL star and director James Laferty (as a U.S. marshal who is intent on enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act.), Marc Blucas (as abolitionist lawyer who will break the laws he’s sworn to uphold in order to serve a greater good.), Adina Porter (as a strong wife and mother who first gives voice to the song in which the runners will find clues to help guide them to freedom), Chris Backus, Johnny Ray Gill, Chris Chalk, Reed Diamond (as affable owner of a very large and successful Georgia plantation and a loving family man), Theodus Crane, Renwick Scott. John Legend will oversee the music in the series after winning an Oscar this year for his song in SELMA movie.

33 comments:

  1. Underground sounds like a very powerful, must watch series!

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    1. hope we get a trailer soon!
      Wow, just one comment since yesterday :) that must be our all time low! Is it some kind of holiday in USA?

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    2. An all time low? You need to change tack! Listen to Dr. Blue.

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    3. It was Columbus Day. A day when they celebrate a man who didn't discover the America's, but only bumped into it 400 years after the Vikings did.

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    4. they're still celebrating that genocidal maniac? Imagine if Germany had Hitler day?

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    5. I didn't even realize it was Columbus Day. The mail still came and nobody was off school or work, so I don't think anyone really pays attention to it. We're all probably still recovering from partying all weekend for no good reason ;)

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    6. training work for Halloween :)

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    7. that was way before Dezzytime! You know, the Golden Era that started with my arrival?

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  2. Underground looks awesome. The basic premise sounds like something good for a miniseries. I hope they don't screw things up if it's successful and they have to come up with additional seasons. That happens way too often in serial TV.

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    1. If I got it right this is mini series, so it isn't planned as a multi season show :) But you never know...

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  3. It'll be good to see Christopher Meloni in a quality program again.

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  4. I hadn't even heard of this somehow! Awesome.

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    1. glad to be the first one to inform you :)

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  5. I do want to see this one as many of the people who founded this town were Abolitionists. Also one of the Hubby's great great grans married a slave who fled the South and served in the Northern Armies during the Civil War. We've some beautiful letters he wrote to her in his family Bible.

    I'm taking a break from work dahlink and wanted to pop in for a quick visit. Now I'm going to sit outside like a lazy sod for the rest of the day.

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    1. It is lovely having such family heirlooms, dear!

      How is work coming up? Did you paint the room? What colour? Hope the weather is still nice over there so that you can finish it in peace. It went straight to winter here and we've turned on the heating last weekend as it is below ten degrees at night and barely over during days. Winter jackets!
      I've finished translating everything for our biggest book fair this month and now I can calmly work on the seven dystopian novels I have on my working list :)

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    2. I'm painting the room in a pale yellow to match the rest of the house. As I'm working alone and must move equipment in and out of the room by myself it is going to take a long time to finish.

      I'm sorry to hear your weather has turned cold so soon. Right now we are blessed with perfect warm days and cool nights. I need that to last for at least another 3 weeks.

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    3. That is a lovely colour, dear! Will bring sun into your home in winter days!

      Fingers crossed for you!

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  6. That sounds raw and gritty and right down my underground station at midnight.

    Tell me do, as such a master of the screen, what is your favourite series and favourite film?

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    1. Ah, when it comes to series I watch them all historical and sf and also all multi camera sitcoms. My absolute fave would probably be THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY but that's a lavish Turkish epic saga, you haven't seen it. I think you have an old list of my fave shows and films when you click on my profile photo above.

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    2. Nope - never seen it, you're correct!
      I'm currently enjoying 'Bastard Executioner'

      I shall proceed to stalk your profile :)

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    3. Jules... did you say, 'Bastard Executioner'? Sounds like fun.... Yyyyyyyyyikes!

      Dezzzz if you love SF, how come you still haven't seen The Thing? Well?

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    4. I'm thinking of quiting BASTARD EXECUTIONER... it turned out the be the celebration of violence and mindless gorefest.... they've cut a lil boy's throat, ripped open a pregnant lady and took her baby out and killed it, cut of people's legs and arms, a man's eye... and what else not.... it is sickening.

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    5. So... that show is in fact a documentary?

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    6. or a torture porn.. that is what it is... for those who can come only by watching blood and extreme bloodshed.... you know, them with lil' pricks....

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  7. This has certainly piqued my interest. Looks like a powerful, intense series.

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    1. should be intense and hopefully educational

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GIVE SOME LOVE TO YOUR DEZZY :)