*The last scene in the season one finale of WGN America’s “Underground” had Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s character Rosalie being assisted by none other than Harriet Tubman, whose face was not shown.
Well you can now add a face to the portrayal.
“Under the Dome” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” alum Aisha Hinds has been tapped to play the famed abolitionist when the show returns for its second season in 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also joining the cast in recurring roles are Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Scandal) as Georgia, an abolitionist with a covert station along the Underground whose quiet confidence hides secrets of her own; Michael Trotter (Rosewood) as Biographer, an astute observer of people who lives through the lives of others often fearful of taking chances; and Jesse Luken (Justified) as Smoke, the fearless second in command of Patty Cannon’s infamous gang of slave catchers.
It’s a big year for Tubman, the woman who led hundreds of escaped slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Emmy winner Viola Davis will play the abolitionist in an upcoming HBO TV movie from Steven Spielberg. Also, Tubman is set to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, making her the first woman in more than a century to grace a U.S. bill.