Two Academy Award-winning actors have signed on for BET's first miniseries — a historical drama based on the prize-winning novel “The Book of Negroes,” reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
The project will star Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., along with actress Aunjanue Ellis. The story follows an 11-year-old girl from West Africa who is kidnapped and sent to South Carolina as a slave. The miniseries will track how she is later freed in England.
The book is by writer Lawrence Hill.
Gooding and Gossett have something in common, in that each man won the Oscar the only time he was nominated. Gossett won an Oscar in 1983 for "An Officer and a Gentleman" and Gooding won in 1997 for "Jerry Maguire."