A miniseries is in the works that will tell the story of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela. The AP reports that BET is developing the project, with Laurence Fishburne on board to play Mandela.
The project is expected to premiere next year.
“Stephen Hill, the network’s chief programming executive, said Wednesday the six-hour ‘Madiba’ series is being made with the cooperation of Mandela’s family,” the story reports. “Mandela, the longtime prisoner of the apartheid system, became South Africa’s first black president. He died in 2013 at age 95.”
Fishburne is known for his role as Morpheus in the “Matrix” trilogy and for a string of high-profile film appearances, including “Apocalypse Now” and “Boyz n the Hood.” He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Ike Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for “Two Trains Running” and won an Emmy for Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “TriBeCa.”