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‘The Good Place’s William Jackson Harper joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ series


David Livingston/Getty ImagesBarry Jenkins has tapped a good guy for his upcoming Amazon series The Underground Railroad.

According to DeadlineThe Good Place‘s William Jackson Harper has signed on to play a recurring role in Jenkins’ upcoming adaption. He joins Joel Edgerton and previously announced Thuso Mbedu, newcomer Chase W. Dillon and Krypton star Aaron Pierre.

The film is an adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name, which depicts the historic “Underground Railroad” as a literal train that brings a slave named Cora from her plantation to freedom.

Harper will play Royal, a freeborn black man who meets Cora during her journey.

As previously reported, Jenkins is set to direct all 11 episodes of the one-hour series. This will be the Moonlight director’s first time directing a TV series in its entirety.

This is the latest project for Harper, who will return this fall as ethics professor Chidi on NBC’s afterlife comedy The Good Place.

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