John Legend to portray Frederick Douglass on 'Underground'

ATLANTA (AP) " Grammy-winning singer John Legend will play an iconic runaway slave-turned abolitionist on WGN America's drama series "Underground."

Sony Pictures Television and WGN announced in a statement Friday that Legend will guest star as Frederick Douglass. Legend also serves as an executive producer of the series, which delves into the challenges and dangers for slaves during their journey on the Underground Railroad.

The second season is expected to premiere early next year. Episodes are being filmed in Savannah, Georgia, for the first time since moving production from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The series stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Alano Miler and Christopher Meloni.

Douglass is one of the many historical figures featured on the series. Aisha Hinds will portray Harriett Tubman, who helped slaves escape during the Civil War.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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