12:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
WGN America's 'Underground' Casts Its Harriet Tubman
WGN America's Underground has cast its Harriet Tubman.
Under the Dome and Star Trek Into Darkness alum Aisha Hinds has been tapped to play the famed abolitionist on season two of the cable network's drama.
Hinds will take on the recurring role in season two and portray the Underground Railroad's most famous conductor who is revered for her grit, perseverance and unrelenting will to help scores of enslaved people reach their freedom. Born a slave, Tubman is a devout Christian who, after escaping herself, risks her life again and again in order to free her family members and lead anyone willing to journey north across hostile territory to freedom — a task she believes is her God-given mission.
Also joining the cast of the WGNA drama in recurring roles for season two are Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Scandal) as Georgia, an abolitionist with a covert station along the Underground Railroad whose quiet confidence hides secrets of her own; Michael Trotter (Rosewood) as Biographer, an astute observer of people who lives through the lives of others often fearful of taking chances; and Jesse Luken (Justified) as Smoke, the fearless second in command of Patty Cannon’s infamous gang of slave catchers.
Underground ranks as WGNA's most-watched original scripted series. Produced by Tribune Studios and Sony Pictures Television, the drama, created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, will return in 2017.
Hinds, repped by Greene & Associates, also counts Detroit 1-8-7, Weeds and True Blood among her credits.
The Underground casting comes as Emmy winner Viola Davis, who quoted Tubman during her acceptance speech, is poised to play the freedom fighter in an upcoming HBO TV movie from Steven Spielberg. Tubman is also set to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, making her the first woman in more than a century to grace a U.S. bill.