In partnership with his Get Lifted production company, the film centers around a slave named Noah (Hodge) who crafts an escape plan along with fellow slaves to reach freedom. The synopsis will be based in Macon, Ga.
“We are excited to join forces with WGN America and Sony and the talented team of writers and producers on this powerful project that we believe will inspire us all,” said Legend in a statement. “This series has a unique opportunity to speak to the passion and courage of those who risked it all as they raced to freedom. We are honored to bring our creative vision to this thrilling project.”
The star-studded cast will feature Jurnee Smollett-Bell (The Great Debators), Alano Miller (NCIS), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow).