WGN America
Dylan Kickham
November 23, 2015 AT 06:33 PM EST

WGN America has found success in original dramas focused on aspects of American history with Salem and Manhattan, and it’s hoping to continue that success in 2016 with a new one-word period piece, Underground. Created by writers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, both known for their work on Heroes, and executive-produced by John Legend, Underground will tell the story of the men and women who attempted escape during the Civil War through the Underground Railroad.

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In the first glimpse teaser, we get a good idea at how the show will be stylizied — fluffs of cotton float in the air as the camera pans a line of slaves while A$AP Rocky’s “Everyday” plays. Legend is overseeing the musical elements of the show, and with the choice of an A$AP Rocky song for the promo, it seems clear that the score will likely include songs from contemporary artists.

The series will star Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood and Friday Night Lights), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU), Alano Miller (Jane the Virgin), Jessica de Gouw (Arrow), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Jussie Smollett (Empire), among others.

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