[WATCH] ‘Underground’ interviews: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Christopher Meloni, Aldis Hodge & more

The critically acclaimed new WGN America drama series “Underground” tells the compelling story of a group of slaves and abolitionists who brave the 600-mile journey north on the Underground Railroad from a Georgia plantation to freedom in the north. It was created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, both previously writers for NBC’s sci-fi drama “Heroes.” Also among the executive producers are Oscar and Grammy winning musician John Legend and Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”).

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The large ensemble cast is led by Aldis Hodge (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Noah, who finds a song with lyrics that provide a map to freedom. He is joined by Jurnee Smollett-Bell (“True Blood”) as Rosalee, a sheltered house slave; Amirah Vann (“Girls”), as Ernestine, the head house slave; and Mykelti Williamson (“Justified”) as Moses, the plantation preacher.

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Anthony Hemingway directed the first four episodes. He has accumulated a long list of TV directing credits in recent years, also including “Treme,” “True Blood,” “The Newsroom,” “Shameless” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but he has yet to be nominated for an Emmy.

Click each name below to be taken to their complete video interview:

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who plays Rosalee

Aldis Hodge, who plays Noah

Christopher Meloni, who plays August Pullman

Alano Miller, who plays Cato

Jessica De Gouw, who plays Elizabeth

Amirah Vann, who plays Ernestine

Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, Creators

Anthony Hemingway, Director

Akiva Goldsman, Executive Producer

Karyn Wagner, Costume Designer

Meghan C. Rogers, Production Designer

Laura Karpman, Composer

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