Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman

Expanding its slate of original programming, WGN America today announced it has an eye toward a series order, for the scripted series "Underground." 

Produced by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Tribune Studios for an expected 2015 premiere, "Underground" will follow the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost, during a time when, for a slave living in the pre-Civil War South, this road to freedom was a dangerous journey where failure often meant death.

"Underground" is created and written by Misha Green ("Sons Of Anarchy," "Heroes") and Joe Pokaski ("Heroes," "CSI") who also serve as Executive Producers, with writer Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind," "I Am Legend").

"WGN America has made a commitment to quality programming and we are happy that working together is a significant part of their growth strategy," said Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production for SPT. 

"High-quality original series have consistently helped establish channel brands with the audience, and WGN appreciates and takes that value proposition seriously," added Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and production for SPT.

No other details are available on the project at this time.

So who would cast to play Harriet Tubman?