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It’s more than a slavery story, it’s an escape thriller that will leave you breathless!

The highly anticipated WGN America show Underground is set to premiere on March 9th and has everyone talking. Between the heart-racing previews and the timely, yet historical subject matter, Underground couldn’t have come at a better time.

Starring Aldis Hodge (Noah) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Rosalee), the story follows seven runaway slaves fighting towards freedom. But, this isn’t the “underground railroad” story you learned in elementary. This time around, director Anthony Hemingway was determine to tell a different story. “We were not afraid to take risks,” Hemingway revealed, “We wanted to find new approaches and look at something, even characters, story or from a cinematic point of view of trying to be different.”

What also may be different is the complicated and layered relationship between Noah (Hodges), who works the fields and Rosalee (Smollett-Bell), who works in the “Big House”. “Noah is naturally a loaner for most of his life, that’s what he understands,” Aldis explained. “When he meets Rosalee he encounters some emotions he’s never had before.”

Watch the story unfold when Underground premieres, Wednesday, March 9th on WGN America.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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