Academy Award nominee Laurence Fisburne has been tapped to star as Nelson Mandela in BET’s upcoming miniseries Madiba.
The six-hour miniseries, set to be executive produced by Mandela’s grandson Kweku, will focus on Mandela as he navigates political discord in South Africa during the 1960s. It will be based on two Mandela books, Conversations with Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself.
Stephen Hill, President of Programming at BET, released the following statement about Fisburne’s casting:
“Nelson Mandela’s journey of political activism and leadership is deeply inspirational and we are proud to have the talented and award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne join Madiba to tell this triumphant story.”
Production on Madiba is set to begin next year in South Africa.
Additionally, be on the lookout for New Edition’s biopic miniseries to air on BET at some point next year.