(AllHipHop News) Singer/actor Jussie Smollett is set to join his younger sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood, The Great Debaters) on the WGN America program Underground. The breakout star of Empire will guest star on the cable network’s forthcoming series about a group of slaves escaping a Georgia plantation.
Underground will be the first time the Smollett siblings appeared together on screen since 1995’s On Our Own. Jussie will play a runaway slave named Josey. The cast also includes Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Adina Porter (True Blood), Mykelti Williamson (24), and Johnny Ray Gill (Rectify).
Show creators Misha Green (Sons of Anarchy, Heroes) and Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) serve as writers and executive producers for Underground. Anthony Hemingway (The Wire, Treme) directs the first four episodes.
Underground is scheduled to premiere in 2016 on WGN America.