Actress Jurnee Smollett has always been well-versed at picking her film roles, and her latest role is no exception.

WGN America has green lighted a series that celebrates the heroic journey runaway slaves took to safety on the Underground Railroad. Alongside Jurnee will be fellow actors Alano Miller and Christopher Meloni to round out the cast.

The synopsis for the series, Underground, follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom.

Watch the trailer below:


The show will premiere on WGN America in 2016.

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