Kanye West to ‘executive produce’ music for new US TV slavery drama

Ten-episode series 'Underground' will air on US cable network WGN America in spring 2016

Kanye West is to serve as musical executive producer on forthcoming slavery-themed US TV drama Underground.

West’s involvement in the series was rumoured in February but has now seemingly been confirmed in a casting call for extras, which notes that the rapper has “recently agreed to executive produce the music behind the new TV series”.

Underground has been co-created by former Heroes writer Joe Pokaski and Sons Of Anarchy/Heroes writer Misha Green. Pokaski and Green will serve as executive producers on the series alongside Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code).

US cable network WGN America has recently ordered a 10-episode series of the 60-minute drama, which according to the network “follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad”.

The show’s cast includes Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘s Chris Meloni, former Friday Night Lights actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell and longtime Leverage star Aldis Hodge. Shooting is due to start next Monday (April 13) in Louisiana, Georgia and Underground is expected to premiere on WGN America next spring.