John Legend to Executive Produce Slavery Series

Like the music business, John Legend is looking to make a significant impact in the film industry. The Grammy and Oscar-winning entertainer has signed on to executive produce the upcoming slavery-themed TV drama, Underground.

Starring Law & Order: SVU actor Christopher Meloni, Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and James Lafferty, Underground follows a group of plantation slaves who band together to plan a risky escape to freedom.

Along with being an executive producer, Legend will oversee the score, soundtrack and all other music aspects of the program, a position show bosses had initially eyed Kanye West for, reports

The series is slated to premiere next year (2016).

Along with Underground, Legend's Get Lifted Film company is also producing an untitled musical romantic drama and "Adorn" hit-maker Miguel is reportedly in talks for the leading role.

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