WGN America brings the heroic thriller Underground to New York Comic-Con 2015. The series, slated to premiere in 2016, will host a first-look screening, panel and audience Q&A during the Con. The panel will include Creators Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, plus cast members including Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miller and Marc Blucas.
In the original series Underground, bravery, ingenuity and power take center stage as plantation slaves band together in the fight of their lives for their families, their future, and most importantly, their freedom. Hailing from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, Underground recently wrapped production in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a 2016 premiere on WGN America.
WGN America’s Underground stars Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Leverage, Turn) as Noah, a restless slave who organizes a small team of fellow slaves on the Macon plantation to plan an escape; Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights, True Blood, The Great Debaters) as Rosalee, a shy house slave with a powerful inner strength and courage; Emmy-nominated actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) as August Pullman, a secretive man who walks a tightrope between morality and survival; Alano Miller (Jane The Virgin) as Cato, a cunning, charismatic man despised and feared by his fellow slaves; and Jessica de Gouw (Arrow, Dracula) as Elizabeth Hawkes, a socialite who shares the abolitionist ideals of her husband, John (Marc Blucas, Blue Bloods), a lawyer whose principles clash with the legislation he’s sworn to uphold. The internationally renowned cast includes Adina Porter (True Blood, The 100, The Newsroom) as Pearly Mae, a strong-willed wife and mother; Mykelti Williamson (Justified, 24) as her husband Moses, a fiery preacher; Amirah Vann (Girls, And So It Goes) as Ernestine, head house slave and fiercely devoted mother; Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify) as Sam, Rosalee’s half-brother and a talented carpenter; Chris Chalk (The Newsroom, Homeland, Gotham) as William Still, an abolitionist ally; Reed Diamond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Tom Macon, a plantation owner and political candidate; and Jussie Smollett (Empire), who joins his sister Smollett-Bell in the cast as Josey, a wild-eyed runaway who doesn’t trust anyone.
Underground is created and written by Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy, Heroes) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes, Daredevil), who serve as Executive Producers alongside Academy Award-winning writer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) of Weed Road Pictures; Tory Tunnell (King Arthur, Holy Rollers) and Joby Harold (King Arthur, Edge of Tomorrow) of Safehouse Pictures; and John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius of Get Lifted. Anthony Hemingway (The Wire, Treme) directs and serves as Executive Producer for the first four episodes.
Below are the New York Comic-Con appearance details for Underground.
Underground New York Comic-Con Panel
Time: 2:45 – 3:45 PM
Location: Javits Center
Guests: Misha Green, Joe Pokaski, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miller and Marc Blucas