'Agents of SHIELD's' Reed Diamond Joins WGN's 'Underground' (Exclusive)

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Reed Diamond on screening the film outdoors:

"This is perfect. How more poetic can that be? I think that’s how most of us saw Shakespeare the first time and everyone can drink, which is important. We want you to be drinking while you watch this movie because we were drinking while we made it. 

"I think it’s uncivilized that you can’t bring a glass of wine into the movie theater, and I appreciate those movie theaters in America that allow that to happen. It happens in Europe. It’s not some crazy Metallica concert. We’re not tripping and going bananas, it’s nice."

WGN's upcoming historical series Underground has recruited Reed Diamond for a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Agents of SHIELD alum will play Tom Macon, a plantation owner and political candidate who has trouble believing his own slaves would ever consider running. Diamond joins Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Aldis Hodge (Rectify) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow).

Underground follows a group of slaves planning a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom. 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.

From Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, the series begins production this week for a 2016 debut.

Diamond's credits include Franklin & Bash, 24 and Fox's upcoming Wayward Pines. He is repped by Paradigm and David Weise and Associates.