James Lafferty Heads to WGN America's 'Underground' (Exclusive)

The 'One Tree Hill' favorite will recur on the period drama.
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WGN America's Underground continues to add to its cast.

One Tree Hill alum James Lafferty has booked a recurring role on the upcoming period drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Underground centers 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.

Lafferty will play Kyle Risdin, a U.S. marshal who is intent on enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act.

Christopher Meloni stars as August, a secretive mercenary who walks a tightrope between survival and morality. He toplines a cast that also includes Reed Diamond (Agents of SHIELD)Aldis Hodge (Rectify), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell. Empire breakout Jussie Smollett will guest star and reunite with his sister, Smollett-Bell.

The drama, ordered straight-to-series, hails from creator Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes). The Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios entry is executive produced by Green, Pokaski, Weed Road Pictures' Akiva GoldsmanTory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures.

Lafferty, whose credits also include NBC's Crisis, is repped by Paradigm and Nelson Management. 

Underground premieres in 2016.

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