Aisha Hinds (“All The Way”) has been cast in the starring role of Harriet Tubman in the upcoming second season of WGN America’s hit drama series “Underground.” The actress talks to Cinema Buzz’s Shawn Edwards about playing such an iconic figure and bringing her to life along with the show’s director Anthony Hemingway. 

Hinds called the role a “tremendous call to duty,” adding, “something inside of me broke wide open to receive everything this experience would afford me. I think that Harriet Tubman’s spirit is one that I was immediately open to welcoming to guide me to this journey.”

Tubman was the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor — revered for her grit, perseverance and unrelenting will to help scores of enslaved people reach freedom. Born a slave, Tubman was a devout Christian who, after escaping herself, risked her life again and again to free her family members and lead anyone willing to journey north across hostile territory to freedom.

The 10-episode new season of Underground follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice.

“Underground” returns March 8 on WGN America at 10EST/9CST.