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).