Here's Your First Look at John Legend as Frederick Douglass in 'Underground'

Hands up if you're psyched for this episode.

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As anyone who saw La La Land knows, John Legend is gifted actor (on top of being a gifted father, husband, singer...you get the idea). But if you're especially keen to see more of John Legend the Actor, then get excited because he's joining the cast of Underground as none other than Frederick Douglass.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Legend will make a brief appearance as the legendary abolitionist, and he looks pretty legit:

Legend, who also serves as executive producer on Underground, said he understands the significance of the show, especially under the Trump administration.

"We didn't know we were going to have a second season airing during a Trump presidency," he told Entertainment Weekly. "But I think the show will teach us not only how important it is to understand our history but also how inspiring some of these actions of our forefathers were. They were extremely challenging times, and these people found the courage to fight back. I think that can be inspirational for all of us who believe that something needs to change in America."

Look out for Legend's appearance as Douglass in Underground's April 5 episode, airing on WGN America.

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