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We received news last week that Amirah Vann joining the cast of Underground for WGN America. And we already know that Devon Gummersall, Mykelti Williamson and Kanye West have all joined the project, although Mr. West won’t be on camera. Today, we find out that Gummersall is leaving the show. His character John Hawkes will now be played by Marc Blucas (Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

Underground tracks a group of runaway slaves from a Georgia plantation to trek six hundred miles to freedom. These slaves are helped by secret revolutionary advocates through the Underground Railroad as they run under constant fear of being brought back to the plantation dead or alive. Blucas’ John Hawkes is an abolitionist lawyer who will go against the law he should abide by to do human nature a great service.

Shooting is now underway 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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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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Casting Call for Baton Rouge-Shot ‘Underground’

by Jordan McGuire on April 2, 2015

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Caballero Casting is a full service casting agency with the goal to help guide you in any and all of your casting needs. They have casting facilities located in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Visit their official website here.

Caballero Casting is excited to announce that they are currently looking to cast several men and women of all ages to work on the new television series, Underground. Many of the paid background actors hired will have the chance to work multiple days and potentially be part of a CORE GROUP.

Underground is directed by Treme helmer Anthony Hemingway and written by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski. It stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) and Aldis Hodge (Leverage).

The southern period piece follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad, as they evade those tasked with bringing them back, dead or alive.

Filming Dates: April 13 – TBA
Shooting Locations: Vacherie, St. Francisville and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Casting Requirements

CASTING MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES!

Because of the time period for this series, they will ONLY be casting men and women with NATURAL HAIR, grown out and NOT RECENTLY CUT. No extensions, dyed hair, fades, military style or dreadlocks will be accepted. Men with Facial Hair preferred. They also can not accept men or women with visible, modern day alterations to teeth, such as gold caps or metal braces.

They will be asking the Background Actors to stop all grooming from now until the shoot so they do ask you consider this commitment prior to submitting … please note if you cannot make such commitments.

Submission Instructions

EMAIL: undergroundrailroadcasting@gmail.com

SUBJECT LINE: GENERAL SUBMISSION

INCLUDE IN SUBMISSION:
Name, Age, Contact #, Email, Current City of Residency, Height/Weight
TWO Current Pictures like the example attached: one headshot, one body shot. No hats, no sunglasses, no selfies/mirror pics. Please stand in front of a solid wall and stare into the camera. DO NOT SMILE and please DO NOT wear makeup.
Please note any tattoos and piercings
Please note any modern dental work such as metal braces or gold teeth
Please note any reenacting experience
Please note any Horse Riding experience

NO PHONE CALLS TO THE OFFICE PLEASE! Good luck!

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