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John Legend to Executive Produce Slavery Series

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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 TVLine.com.

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

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