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Amirah Vann Cast in Baton Rouge-Shot ‘Underground’

by Jordan McGuire on April 15, 2015

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About a week ago we received news of Kanye West becoming the musical executive producer for the new Baton Rouge-shot TV series Underground. The newest member of the Underground family is Amirah Vann. She joins the likes of Devon Gummersall (Mad Men) and Mykelti Williamson (Justified) who had previously joined the cast of the Underground Railroad period piece.

WGN America’s Underground is a pre-Civil war drama revolving around the audacious pioneers that traveled underground to freedom. Sony Pictures and Tribune Studios take the journey with a group of slaves who flee a Georgia plantation in hopes of traveling across the country to earn their freedom.

Vann will play Ernestine, the head house slave. Ernestine is a master in navigation around the plantation but will be greatly tested when the slaves she once called family run. You might have seen Amirah Vann in the HBO comedy series Girls. Her other credits include Tracers and And So It Goes.

Shooting is set to begin on April 13 in Baton Rouge. Cast and crew will travel to Georgia to film as well. Underground will premiere on WGN America next spring. If you’re interested in working on the set of Underground, then visit jobScene for more information.

Source: Deadline

 

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Kanye West will serve as musical executive producer for the new Baton Rouge-shot TV series Underground. West’s initial involvement with the slavery period piece drama was rumored in February. But as of yesterday, the rumors were put aside as the fish stick loving rapper signed on to bring his genius music to television.

Underground is created by Joe Pokaski and Misha Green. The script was penned by The Da Vinci Code’s Akiva Goldsman. WGN America ordered a ten-episode season following the tales and tribulations of the Underground Railroad. Underground follows Salem as the second series shot in Louisiana for WGN America. Some filming will also take place in Georgia.

The cast of Underground includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights), Christopher Meloni (Special Victims Unit) Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Jesse De Gouw (Arrow). Recently, Underground added two new players to the cast in Devon Gummersall and Mykelti Williamson.

Gummersall has a stint in the final season of Mad Men and will play the role of John Hawkes. Hawkes is a lawyer and a man trying balance the torn world that he now lives in.

Mykelti Williamson, (better known as the co-owner of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.), will play Moses, a passionate preacher who joins the slaves and takes his own family on the run. Williamson has held recent roles on Justified, Hawaii Five-O, Nashville and 24.

Shooting is set to begin on April 13 in Baton Rouge. Cast and crew will travel to Georgia to film as well. Underground will premiere on WGN America next spring. If you’re interested in working on the set of Underground, then visit jobScene for more information.

Source: Deadline

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