Harriet Tubman has been an iconic figure in American history and is revered for her grit, perseverance and unrelenting will to help a number of enslaved people reach their freedom. Now – aside from becoming the new face of the $20 bill – Tubman’s story will be told on WGN America’s hit series “Underground.”
On Wednesday, the network announced that Aisha Hinds has joined the Season 2 cast in the role of Tubman, the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor. 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.
The upcoming 10-episode Underground Railroad thriller follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice. Production for Season 2 is set to begin in Savannah, Georgia on Monday, August 29, and sees that return of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni, Alano Miller, Jessica de Gouw and Amirah Vann. Marc Blucas will guest star as John Hawkes.
Aside from Hinds addition, recurring guest stars Jasika Nicole, Michael Trotter and Jesse Luken are also joining the cast.
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The first season of “Underground” became WGN America’s most-watched original program ever, delivering 3 million viewers each week.
Hinds is known for her previous role as Fannie Lou Hamer in HBO’s “All The Way” and CBS’ “Under the Dome.”
The second season of “Underground” is set to premiere early 2017.